RUS

Al-Halqa - In the Storyteller's Circle (0+)

Germany , 2010, colour, 90 min.
Director: Thomas Ladenburger
On Djemaa el Fna Square in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, Abderahim El Maqori tells stories that he has been collecting in his mind and heart since he was a child. Now that he is growing older, he is teaching his son Zoheir the tricks of a dying trade. In the Halqa, the storyteller’s circle, the boy practices his skills and his father provides blunt criticism. Once Zoheir is ready for it, he and his father travel to Fez, the intellectual capital of Morocco, for the ultimate test on the large city square. The camera follows the pair on their journey, which is interspersed with stories about ghosts, kings, shoemakers and animals. However, Zoheir has to find his own style for a new generation of listeners, who do not only want to hear about days long past, but also get information about things like AIDS.

AWARDS

Special Jury's Award at 24th Parnu Film Festival

Thomas Ladenburger

Thomas Ladenburger

Thomas Ladenburger was born 1975 in Ellwangen/Germany. After studying at the San Francisco Art Institute and Art Institute Kassel, he moved to Berlin, where he gained his Diploma at the University of Arts (UdK) in 2003. He then worked as a freelance filmmaker and as teacher at the University of Arts where in 2005 he was awarded with the degree "Meisterschuler". Since 2007 he is working as a freelance artist and filmmaker.
Germany , 2010, colour, 90 min.
Director: Thomas Ladenburger
On Djemaa el Fna Square in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, Abderahim El Maqori tells stories that he has been collecting in his mind and heart since he was a child. Now that he is growing older, he is teaching his son Zoheir the tricks of a dying trade. In the Halqa, the storyteller’s circle, the boy practices his skills and his father provides blunt criticism. Once Zoheir is ready for it, he and his father travel to Fez, the intellectual capital of Morocco, for the ultimate test on the large city square. The camera follows the pair on their journey, which is interspersed with stories about ghosts, kings, shoemakers and animals. However, Zoheir has to find his own style for a new generation of listeners, who do not only want to hear about days long past, but also get information about things like AIDS.

AWARDS

Special Jury's Award at 24th Parnu Film Festival