Al-Halqa – In The Storyteller´s Circle

Al-Halqa – In The Storyteller´s Circle

Al-Halqa – In The Storyteller´s Circle

2010, Germany, 90' & 52', Thomas Ladenburger

2010, Germany, 90' & 52', Thomas Ladenburger

Al-Halqa – In The Storyteller´s Circle

Synopsis

On Djemaa el Fna Square in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, Abderahim El Maqori tells stories that he has been collecting in his mind and heart since he was a child. Now that he is growing older, he is teaching his son Zoheir the tricks of a dying trade. In the Halqa, the storyteller’s circle, the boy practices his skills and his father provides blunt criticism. Once Zoheir is ready for it, he and his father travel to Fez, the intellectual capital of Morocco, for the ultimate test on the large city square. The camera follows the pair on their journey, which is interspersed with stories about ghosts, kings, shoemakers and animals. However, Zoheir has to find his own style for a new generation of listeners, who do not only want to hear about days long past, but also get information about things like AIDS.

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IDFA Panorama 2010, Special Mention of the Jury - Parnu Int'l FF 2010, Amal Euroarab FF 2010, Golden Minbar Int'l Cinema of Muslim Cinema 2010, Human Rights FF Sarajevo 2010, Duisburg FF 2010, Festival de Deutschen Film 2010, Kasseler Dokufest 2010, Film Fra Sor 2011, Astra Film Festival 2011, Winner of XI International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana 2011, 7th European Independant Film Festival 2012
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