Filmmaker: Safinez Bousbia
Sun 7 Apr, 4pm, Barbican Cinemas
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Dubbed the Algerian 'Buena Vista Social Club,' this is a joyful and celebratory new music doc.
Algeria/UAE/Ireland, 2011, 88 min.
A beautiful rhythmic cocktail of Arabic and European styles uniting Muslim and Jewish communities, Chaabi music was the heart and soul of cosmopolitan Algiers until the war of independence tore them apart. 50 years later, director Safinez Bousbia tracked down a group of friends for an extraordinary reunion concert.
With a huge heart and a sensational soundtrack, this is a celebration of musicís power to transcend national, social and religious boundaries.
"An Algerian variation on The Buena Vista Social Club... feisty and passionate"