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Eye on Sound: El hal (Transes) (Ahmed El-Maanouni, MA 1981) (soundwave)

El Hal (Trances)

Ahmed El-Maanouni / MA, 1981 / 90 min.

The groundbreaking Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is the dynamic subject of this captivating, one-of-a-kind documentary by El Maanouni, who filmed the four musicians during electrifying live performances in Tunisia, Morocco, and France, on the streets of Casablanca and in intimate conversations.

poster Eye Meets Marmoucha: El hal (Transes) (Ahmed El-Maanouni, MA 1981)
Storytellers through song and traditional instruments, and with connections to political theater, the band Nass El Ghiwanebecame a local phenomenon and an international sensation, thanks to its rebellious lyrics and sublime, fully acoustic sound, which draws on Berber rhythms, Malhun sung poetry, and Gnawa dances. Both a concert movie and a free-form audiovisual experiment, bolstered by images of the band’s rapt audience, Trances is pure cinematic poetry.

Restored in 2007 by The World Cinema Foundation at Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata in association with Ahmed El-Maanouni and Izza Genini. Restoration funding provided by Armani, Cartier, Qatar Airways and Qatar Museum Authority.


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Ahmed El-Maanouni

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El Hal (Trances)


90 min.


Moroccan Arabic





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