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AL-HALQA – IN THE STORYTELLER´S CIRCLE

DIR: Thomas LADENBURGER
2010 / Germany / 87 min

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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.

About

Director Thomas LADENBURGER
Screenplay Thomas Ladenburger
Dir. of Photography Thomas Ladenburger
Editing Lena Rem
Music Halqa "Argan", Louis Soret, Jens Scheuter
Sound Mohamed Simou
Duration 87 min
Year 2010
Country Germany
Colour Colour
Tags Africa, comunications, observational, social issues, traditions
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