Arab Studies Institute
Washington DC - Beirut
Bab’Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul
By The Arab Studies Institute, MEtc and MESP Fall 2010 Film Series
10/10/2010 11:30 pm
Location: Johnson Center Cinema, George Mason University
Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar, wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab’Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own. Filled with breathtaking images and wonderful music, Nacir Khemir has created a fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran.