July 31, 2020 7:00 PM
Directed by Oscar winner Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Hosted by Cinematographer, Scott Duncan. Q&A after the film
New Venue – Main Street Theaters, 905 S Main St, St. George, UT 84770
Reserve Tickets below – Doors open 6 PM
“Vivid 16mm Cinematography highlights this observationist account of the 1 million strong annual pilgrimage of Sufi Muslims to the city of Touba, Senegal. As increasing ethnic and religious intolerance metastasizes throughout the world, the pacifist approach of Senegalese The Mouride Brotherhood provides the vivacity for this humanist visual poem, elevated by a lush color palette and an undeniably indigenous score”.
‘With unprecedented access …., this poetic documentary takes us inside the Mouride Brotherhood--one of West Africa’s most elusive organizations and one of the world’s largest Sufi communities. Annually more than one million Mourides travel from all over the world to the holy city of Touba to pay homage to the life and teachings of Cheikh Amadou Bamba in the pilgrimage known as the `Grand Magaal’. Bamba’s non-violent resistance to the French colonial persecution of Muslims in the late 19th century inspired a national movement and doctrine, freedom of religious expression through pacifism, still practiced by millions of his followers.
The film, by U.S. American director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, [Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi who also directed Oscar winning documentary Free Solo]. follows the pilgrimage to the city 170 kilometres east of the Senegalese capital of Dakar. It brings to life a world of Islamic ritual little known to the outside world, choosing as it does to focus on African Islam and particularly on the Maghreb states
|Admission - TOUBA||$10|