Documentary & Discussion: A Marrakech Tale

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Dinner @ 6:30 PM — Film begins @ 7:00 PM

Free and open to the public.
Sandwich & Soda available for $5 WITH RSVP.

RSVP required by 9/29/15 to: 770-936-8770 or info@alifinstitute.org.

Join us as we explore the important tradition of storytelling in Morocco. After we view the documentary and some clips of storytellers we will welcome audience members trying out their storytelling skills as well.

A Marrakech Tale— (January 31, 2015) 25 minutes; Filmmaker: Horia El Hadad, part of the Witness series on Al Jazeera.

About the Movie: Oral storytelling has been an integral part of Moroccan culture for over a thousand years. But now the precious art form is disappearing, due to the availability of new forms of entertainment through modern technology.

Hajj Ahmed Ezzarghani has been telling stories for over five decades. Now in his 70s, the master storyteller has retired from the chaos of Marrakech's famous square, Jemaa el-Fna. He finds new purpose in teaching young apprentices the skills of the ancient art form.

Novice storyteller, Sara Mouhyeddine, dreams of eventually performing in Jemaa el-Fna but soon realises it might be easier said than done in a space traditionally dominated by male performers. As one of a handful of storytellers left in Morocco, Hajj knows it is now up to Sara's generation to save these precious stories, passed down through generations, before it is too late. —Al Jazeera
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By: ALIF Institute

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