El Gusto

SAFINEZ BOUSBIA
Algeria, France, 2011
88 minutes, Color
Official website

It all started in a small mirror shop during director Safinez Bousbia's visit to Algiers in 2003 when she came across old photographs of a music class from the 1940s. Her curiosity inspired her to learn more, and she set out to track down the classmates, Muslim and Jewish, between the ages of 70 and 100 and residing in Algeria and abroad. The photos were from sessions at the Conservatory of Algiers, where the students had studied under the legendary master El Hadj M'Hamed El Anka. Their musical genre Chaabi, literally "the music of the people," defied class, religion, and ethnicity. When the Algerian Revolution began the group disbanded; some of the Jewish musicians left the country while the remaining band members scattered. Through years of detective work and extensive travel, Bousbia reunites the musician friends in this moving documentary to once again celebrate life and friendship as the group "El Gusto." Winner of Best Director from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and Audience Award at the Arabian Sights Film Festival. —Various sources

In French, Arabic with English subtitles

FREE

Co-presented with the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler Galleries of Art

El Gusto

SAFINEZ BOUSBIA
Algeria, France, 2011,
88 minutes, Color
Official website


It all started in a small mirror shop during director Safinez Bousbia's visit to Algiers in 2003 when she came across old photographs of a music class from the 1940s. Her curiosity inspired her to learn more, and she set out to track down the classmates, Muslim and Jewish, between the ages of 70 and 100 and residing in Algeria and abroad. The photos were from sessions at the Conservatory of Algiers, where the students had studied under the legendary master El Hadj M'Hamed El Anka. Their musical genre Chaabi, literally "the music of the people," defied class, religion, and ethnicity. When the Algerian Revolution began the group disbanded; some of the Jewish musicians left the country while the remaining band members scattered. Through years of detective work and extensive travel, Bousbia reunites the musician friends in this moving documentary to once again celebrate life and friendship as the group "El Gusto." Winner of Best Director from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and Audience Award at the Arabian Sights Film Festival. —Various sources

In French, Arabic with English subtitles

FREE

Co-presented with the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler Galleries of Art


Sunday, October 21
2:00 PM
FREE

Freer Sackler

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