Film

Trances

 
 
Mon, Mar 4, 2013
  • 4:30PM
  • 9:30PM
 
LOCATION:
BAM Rose Cinemas
 
RUN TIME: 86min
RATED: NR
FORMAT: 35mm
GENERAL ADMISSION: $13
CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $8
STUDENTS/SENIORS:  $9 (29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)
 
+  Intro by Byron Coley at 9:30pm
 
 
 
 
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Directed by Ahmed El Maanouni | 1981

With Larbi Batma, Nass El Ghiwane, Abderrahman Paco, Omar Sayed, Allal Yaala

Nass El Ghiwane was singing their nation, their people--their beliefs, their sufferings, their prayers
—Martin Scorsese

A concert film unlike any other, Trances presents extraordinary footage of the Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane, whom Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker called a “mighty Moroccan band” and WCF co-founder Martin Scorsese called “the Rolling Stones of Africa.” The film examines a time when access to pop music was incredibly limited in northern Africa. Nass El Ghiwane introduced an unsuspecting Moroccan population to music that was informed by various types of regional music, incorporated Sufi chants, theater, and poetry, and was rife with politically loaded lyrics. Scorsese became so entranced by the film that he encouraged Peter Gabriel to take cues from the band in composing his score to The Last Temptation of Christ and inaugurated the World Cinema Foundation’s work some 26 years later with the restoration of this cinematic gem.

 
 
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Intro by Byron Coley 
 

The 9:30pm screening will be introduced by acclaimed critic and poet Byron Coley. One of the central writers at the iconic 1980s indie music magazine Forced Exposure, he has also written for Spin and is currently the senior writer at Arthur Magazine.