Spiritual Cinema: “Bab’aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul”
March 22 @ 7:00 pm
Inspiring films, soulful stories, thought-provoking dialogue – Join us for movies and documentaries that illuminate and lift the human spirit. Enjoy community and conversation after the film. We offer a safe environment to share our thoughts and ask questions around spiritually and our connection to the world.
$10 suggested donation
Bab’aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul
A visual poem of incomparable beauty, this masterpiece from director Nacer Khemir begins with the story of a blind dervish named Bab Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. 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 including Osman, who longs for the beautiful woman he met at the bottom of a well, and Zaid, who searches for the ravishing young woman who fled from him after being seduced by his songs. Filled with breathtaking images and wonderful music, Nacir Khemir has created a fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran.