Sacred Music Festival: 3rd i NY Presents Screening: Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul

Thu, September 20, 2012 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Co-presented with 3rdi NY

Poetic and multi-layered, Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the latest film from Tunisian writer and director Nacer Khemir. The story unfolds as the blind dervish Bab'Aziz (Parviz Shahinkhou) and his granddaughter Ishtar (Maryam Hamid) cross the desert in search of the great reunion of dervishes that takes place only once every thirty years. Side-by-side, the old man and the child wander for days across wide seas of sand with only their faith to guide them. To entertain his granddaughter, Bab'Aziz tells an ancient story of a prince who abdicated his kingdom in order to spend his days staring into a pool of water in spiritual contemplation. As the story of the prince unfolds, the pair encounter other travelers, each with stories, quests, and mysteries of his own. Nacer Khemir's enchanting film explores timeless themes of love, longing, and faith with powerful storytelling, breathtaking images and and haunting original music by composer Armand Amar.

Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul / Bab'Aziz - Le Prince Qui Contemplait Son Âme (Nacer Khemir, Tunisia, 2006, 96 min, in Arabic & Persian with English subtitles)

Tickets: $5 General | Free forAlwan members)
Available at the door. Doors open 6:30


About the Filmmaker

Nacer Khemir (born 1948, Korba, Tunisia) also directed Les Baliseurs du Désert (Wanderers of the Desert), which won the Grand Prix of the Festival des Trois Continents in 1984, and Le Collier Perdu de la Colombe (The Dove's Lost Necklace), which was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Festival del film Locarno in 1991. In addition to filmmaking, Khemir is also a sculptor, storyteller, and published author.


About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.


3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

Last updated: 2012-08-24 17:03:02

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