awesome films tonight

December 12th, 2007 · No Comments · By

Wednesday 7pm December 12th at Lighthouse (121 E. Water in the “Live Arts” building) A donation is suggested, but no one will be turned away.

Seattle-based traveller and filmmaker Hisham Mayet is touring the east coast with two brand-new, exciting films on the music of North Africa. His subjective, raw “folk films” for the Sublime Frequencies label have been the subject of both praise and controversy. Its safe to say his films bring to light obscure and vibrant music and culture, from Thailand to Syria to Niger. This is not your typical world music, either–with sounds reminiscient of noisy rock’n’roll, funk and free jazz. There will be a Q&A with the Filmmaker as well, so you can grill him if you like. Check out youtube trailersof the films below. Hope to see you there.


a film by Hisham Mayet

(45 minutes/color)

An entrancing look at the culture and music of the Saharawis from the Western Sahara and Mauritania. This film explores the rich heritage of a culture that is cloaked in mystery and mired in struggle. Journey from the northern fringes of the Western Sahara to the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott. Explore the intoxicating tapestry of sight and sound that this obscure region has to offer from some of its most legendary musicians.

Trailer for Film


A Film by Hisham Mayet (60 Minutes)

This film showcases an assortment of spectacular musical dramas presented live and unfiltered on the home turf of the world’s most dynamic string/drum specialists performing and manifesting the ecstatic truth! Ancient mystical
brotherhoods have been flourishing for centuries in and around the cities of Marrakesh and Essaouira in Morocco where the trade caravans have gathered from their long journeys across the Trans-Saharan Highway. This is some of the last great street music on Earth.

Trailer for Film

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