Ahmed El Maanouni

Morocco, 1981, 87′, English

In the seventies, thanks to five “street” musicians determined to distance themselves from the prevailing “oriental languor”, Morocco experienced a musical exploits that became an expression of desires, frustrations and feelings of youth rebellion. In Transes, Ahmed El Maanouni retraces the geographic route and culture of the group Nass el Ghiwane, who in 1974 lost one of its most representative members, Boujemaa. Through the songs and the music of the group, the film describes moments of traditional social life, but also deals with important current issues. Trance becomes profane modern delirium in shooting of concerts in Carthage, Agadir and Paris.