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80 min 2012 Documentary


When I was a little girl I regularly saw my mother practicing trance. She slowly entered this extreme attitude until she forgot the outside world and its limits. Years passed. One day, when I was working at a local radio station, I recognized these sounds in a record I received. It was a group called “Gnawa Diffusion”. I was first attracted by the name. The music was a mixture, a fusion between Gnawa music and modern and Western music. The words were committed. Amazigh Kateb and Aziz Maysour from the Gnawa Diffusion group give me answers to this image that haunts me, that of my mother taken by trance in France. And I unravel this image, this mystery by going towards the Gnawa of Morocco and Algeria...



Direction and Production

Rahma Benhamou El Madani
Rahma Benhamou El Madani

Rahma Benhamou El Madani

French-Moroccan producer and director. Born in Algeria, into a Moroccan family. She grew up in the Bordeaux region from the age of 6. A graduate in language sciences, lit...

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