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Stambali - Nawfel Saheb-Ettaba

Director: Nawfel Saheb-Ettaba
From: Tunisia
Year: 1999 African Film Minutes: 52
Language: Arabic/French with English subtitles
Genre: documentary

In Tunisia, the history of stambali goes back to the arrival of the first men and women taken as slaves from Mali, Timbuktu specifically. Practicing their music and worship in the house of their masters, the slaves and their musical traditions survive to this day.

Stambali is a religious ritual in Tunisia, a journey with the rhythm of the "gombri" and "chkackek," traces an individual and collective hypnosis, an annual tribute that the disciples of Sidi Saad pay to their master during an initiatory journey and rite of purification that lasts three days.

In "Stambali," the camera, video and film follow the rhythm of the possession, dances, and goes into a trance, in the cemetery, in an open space of grass, trees, dust and sand, in the eroticism that is released by this physical and spiritual representation.

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