1st creole Music Film Festival


1st creole Music film Festival

The first edition of the creole Music Film Festival, led by the director and film critic Hakim El-Hachoumi, is entitled “From Morocco to Afghanistan”. The decision to focus on this region takes into account the intensified asylum migration to Berlin and seeks to appeal to new Berliners as “cultural consumers”, as well as responding to the generally growing interest in the cultural and political developments in the countries in this region.

The goal of this new, interdisciplinary festival that spans one weekend, is to create space for trans-cultural experiences and discourse for old and new Berliners through music and film. It also seeks to attract attention to the upcoming 6th creole music competition in 2017 which features musicians from countries in “From Morocco to Afghanistan” who are new to Berlin

The film selection presents an exciting spectrum of cultural-historical relevance and political explosiveness. It ranges from documentary films about the history of a Moroccan Gnawa band (Transes), the biography of the legendary and world famous Egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum (Dananir) and the journey of a music student through Kurdistan who is looking for new musicians for his band (Road through Kurdistan), to the feature film about young, independent musicians in conservative Iran (No one knows about Persian Cats). To close the festival we will screen Fairuz: We loved each other so much.

Here is our selection of films - you can find the individual descriptions below:





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Friday, 11.11.2016

7 pm  Opening and screening of the 1st film Trances El Hal | Hall

9 pm  Concert: Berlin Oriental Group presented by World Wide Music | Club

Saturday, 12.11.2016

5 pm Welcome and screening of the 2nd film No Land's Song | Hall

7 pm 3rd film No one knows about Persian Cats | Hall

Sunday, 13.11.2016

2 pm Discussion with Nasser Kilada & Hakim El-Hachoumi | Hall

2:30 pm 4th film Dananir | Hall

4 pm  Oud performance by Nasser Kilada | Hall

5 pm Closing night and 5th film: Fairuz: We loved each other so much | Hall

During the film festival the creole film can be viewed in the foyer (1st floor) and in the café. The film shows all 18 musical acts of the 5th creole Berlin-Brandenburg

Film Descriptions

Trances El Hal

Friday, 11.11.2016 | 7 pm | Hall

Documentary / 1981 / Morocco / 90 minutes
by: Ahmed El Maanouni

The group's "Trances" are our equivalent of "soul music", our irrationality. I followed the example of the Nass El Ghiwane themselves: I went back to the roots. They draw their music from the last thousand years of Moroccan and African history. the film sets out to reveal and emphasize this heritage. I chose the music of the Saharan brotherhood, The Gnawas, and the verses of the famous poet El Mejdoub, to underline the trances.
The beloved Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is the dynamic subject of this captivating musical documentary. Storytellers through song, with connections to political theater, the band became an international sensation (Western music critics have often referred to them as “the Rolling Stones of North Africa”) thanks to their political lyrics and sublime, fully acoustic sound, which draws on the Moroccan trance music tradition. Both a concert movie and a free-form audiovisual experiment, Ahmed El Maânouni’s Trances is cinematic poetry.

No Land's Song

Saturday, 12.11.2016 | 5 pm | Hall

Documentary / 2014 / Iran / 91 minutes
by: Ayat Najafi

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, women in Iran have been forbidden from singing solo in public – at least in front of a male audience.
The young composer Sara Najafi defies the censorship and taboos and is determined to organise an official concert for female solo singers in her hometown of Tehran.
Sara and the Iranian singers Parvin Namazi and Sayeh Sodeyfi invite three singers from Paris to gain support for this great challenge: Elise Caron, Jeanne Cherhal and Emel Mathlouthi. They are to work on a music project on site in Iran and through this revive a musical connection between France and Iran.

No one knows about Persian Cats

Saturday, 12.11.2016 | 7 pm | Hall

Feature / 2009 / Iraq, Iran / 106 minutes
by: Bahman Ghobadi
Language: Farsi with German subtitles

The film features two young musicians, Ashkan and Negar who, after being released from prison, try to form a band in order to find a way to leave Iran. The pair befriend a man called Nader, an underground music enthusiast and producer, who helps them travel through Tehran and the surrounding area to meet potential band members. The film reveals many legal and cultural problems that independent musicians and youth in general have in conservative Iran.
The film features music from the genres of rap, jazz, electric blues and heavy metal. The band that appears in the film, Take It Easy Hospital, now lives in London and contributed many songs to the film.


Sunday, 13.11.2016 | 2:30 pm | Hall

Feature / 1940 / Egypt / 90 minutes
by: Ahmed Badrakhan
Stars: Oum Koulthoum, Suleiman Naguib
Language: Arabic

'Dananir' was set by director Ahmed Badrakhan during the time of the Arabian Nights and focuses on the life of a singing slave girl, admired for her divine voice, who is taken from the simple Bedouin desert life to the decadence and intrigues of the palaces. The songs performed in this film, including lyrics by the famous Egyptian poet Ahmad Rami and compositions by long term Oum Koulthoum collaborators Mohamed El Qasabgi, Zakaria Ahmad and Riyad al-Sunbati, are regarded by critics as among the highlights of her singing career.

Fairuz: We loved each other so much

Sunday, 13.11.2016 | 5 pm| Hall

Documentary / 2003 / Lebanon, The Netherlands / 80 minutes
by: Jack Janssen
Language: Arabic with English subtitles

For nearly half a century, the Lebanese singer Fairuz has been a living legend throughout the Arab world.

Her home is Beirut, a thriving seaport once known as "the Paris of the Middle East". Throughout a fifteen year civil war, Fairuz remained in Beirut and everyone - whether Christian or Muslim, left-wing or right-wing - continued to idolize this singer with a nightingale voice.

We Loved Each Other So Much tells the stories of diverse Beirut inhabitants who, regardless of their political or religious affiliations, have always felt a deep emotional connection with the singer and her music. By explaining their attachment, they tell their life stories, often recounting violent incidents from the civil war. Their reminiscences, combined with portions of many of Fairuz’s songs, provide a moving commentary on Lebanon’s tumultuous history.

Fairuz is a cultural phenomenon whose appeal has today spread far beyond the Arab world. She has performed regularly, including in recent years, in Las Vegas, Basle, Paris and Brussels, attracting audiences numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

creole - Global Music Contest

The creole Music Contest researches and presents bands that represent the unmistakable musical diversity of Germany, and brings the new musical developments that originate from migration and fusion live on stage! creole offers the professional global/world/fusion music scene in both Berlin as well as throughout Germany a unique platform for exchange, networking and marketing.

To shorten the waiting time between the creole music competitions and to present global sounds and their significance in the context of transculturality and migration between the competition years, the first creole Music Film Festival is being held in 2016. And while Berlin does indeed boast a large variety of film festivals, it has until now lacked a festival devoted exclusively to music films. Thus the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN’s creole Music Film Festival closes a gap in Berlin’s cultural landscape.


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