HEART AND SPIRIT, Al Ruh wal Qalb

HEART AND SPIRIT, Al Ruh wal Qalb

Documentary

52 minutes

2003
English / French
Molka Mahdaoui

Les Films du Village , Zarafa films , Cannes TV

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Heart and Spirit presents holy chants from Islam. Psalmodies of Quran and invocations to God are always recite during religious celebrations and more particularly on the occasion of Ramadan. Heart and Spirit is a travel.

This travel follows the route of a particular Tunisian sacred chants group, which performs in families’ home to present the Hebz Al-Latif, the Tunisian tradition.

Months after months, this group follows their moments of life. What makes the group particular is first the voice of Ahmed Jelmam, a young sheikh at the origin of the group, then the young age of its members and last fate thanks to which they met the right people, made a CD, whose immediate and unexpected success still surprises them.

During this travel we absorb music, chants, rhythms, faces and places. We will discover a form of spiritually which doesn’t take place in a secluded mystical place but nurtures on urban fabric. It is an everyday life spirituality taking place in families’ homes. It reminds us that according to Islam the temporal and the spiritual are not separated.

It is meant to tell about the heart and the spirit of these men, this tradition and this culture. Because there was September 11th, Palestine was bled white and the distorted image of Islam had become devilish.

Because misunderstandings, conflicts and confusions have kept on being crystallised. So, may be to give another evidence. Against shams and the too comfortable narrow-mindedness of all dogmas and stupidities.

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