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Al-Halqa - In the Storyteller's Circle (Al-Halqa - Im Kreis der Geschichtenerzaehler)

Al-Halqa - In the Storyteller's Circle
Scene from "Al-Halqa" (photo © Thomas Ladenburger)

At the Jemaa El-Fna market, the so-called Hangman’s Square in Marrakech, talented storytellers have been offering their “services” for years to a demanding and sophisticated audience. Their oral tradition has even been granted UNESCO recognition for intangible cultural heritage of humanity – a heritage that is increasingly at risk of disappearing in today’s technological world.

Abderahim is one of the best storytellers at Jemaa El-Fna and he wants his son Zoheir to follow in his footsteps. But Zoheir is ashamed to take money from his audience. His father takes him on a trip through Morocco and Zoheir recognizes that there is more to storytelling than just a voice, rhythm and intonation. One must know one’s own story first.

Thomas Ladenburger was born in 1975 and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, the Kassel Art Institute, and at the University of Arts (UdK) in Berlin. Active as a cameraman, instructor and documentary filmmaker, his films include: the shorts TRANCE UND SCHLANGEN - DIE AISSAWA (2013), BOUIA OMAR - BÄNDIGER DER DÄMONEN (2013), DIE HALQA DER SHRIFA AICHA BENBAHA (2013), and the feature documentaries FOR MYSELF AND THE OTHERS (2004), AL HALQA - IN THE STORYTELLER'S CIRCLE (2010), and I AM ANASTASIA (2019).
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2010
Director Thomas Ladenburger
Screenplay Thomas Ladenburger
Cinematography Thomas Ladenburger
Lena Rem
Louis Soret, Jens Scheuter, Halqa Tqitikat, Halqa Argan, Brahim Boukrim
Cast Abderahim El Maqori, Zoheir El Maqori, Mohammed Hassan El Joundi
Producer Thomas Ladenburger
Production Company Thomas Ladenburger Filmproduktion
Length 90 min
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 Arabic, Derija
Subtitled Versions German, English, French, Arabic
Festivals Festival des deutschen Films Mannheim 2010, IDFA Amsterdam 2010
With backing from BKM

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