TRANCES – HOSTED BY AMBER CORTES
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
Hosted by Amber Cortes
8:30pm doors / 9:00pm film
$10 general admission / $7 OFS members
Tickets available through box office day of show
Mezzanine Lounge open (21+ w/ ID)
The beloved Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is the dynamic subject of this captivating musical documentary. Storytellers through song, with connections to political theater, the band became an international sensation (Western music critics have often referred to them as “the Rolling Stones of North Africa”) thanks to their political lyrics and sublime, fully acoustic sound, which draws on the Moroccan trance music tradition. Both a concert movie and a free-form audiovisual experiment, Ahmed El Maânouni’s Trances is cinematic poetry.
Dir: Ahmed El Maânouni / 1981 / ARABIC / 88 min
Amber Cortes is a writer, producer, and sound artist. She writes about music in and around Seattle for The Stranger, where she is currently an arts and culture writer. Amber also made a short doc about the Pacific Northwest’s first female lucha libre wrestler, called Luchadora, which premiered at SIFF in 2015. She occasionally has been known to make sound and video installation art projects, and, (just in case the FCC is reading this), she never tinkers around with starting pirate radio stations. Ever.