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Reminiscences of 15 musicians in Beirut attempting a re-imagination of the Egyptian classic Ya Garat Al Wadi Charles-Andre Coderre

In 1928, musician Mohammed Abdel Wahab and poet Ahmed Shawqi joined forces to compose Ya Garat Al Wadi, a piece now considered a classic of Arab music. Nearly 90 years later, at the initiative of experimental composer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem in my Heart), a contemporary orchestra of 15 musicians comes together for five days in Beirut to perform the piece. With its title echoing Jonas Mekas – a renowned filmmaker whose work explores the complex relationship between film and memory – this experimental documentary by Charles-André Coderre makes tangible the nebulous memory of an elusive artistic moment. (Programming Collective)

competition : Short and Medium-Length National Competition

Reminiscences of 15 musicians in Beirut attempting a re-imagination of the Egyptian classic Ya Garat Al Wadi

  • Country : Canada (Quebec)
  • Year : 2021
  • V.O : Arabic, English
  • Subtitles : French or English
  • Duration : 13 MIN
  • Cinematography : Charles-Andre Coderre
  • Cinematography : Yann-Manuel Hernandez
  • Editing : Charles-Andre Coderre
  • Production : Johanne Bergeron
Filmography of Charles-Andre Coderre :

de quel sommeil reviendrons-nous? (2011)
H2T (2014)
Granular Film - Beirut (2016)
Deserts (2016)

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