National Council for Culture, Art and Letters (NCCAL) and Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah (DAI) is screening the Iranian and Tunisian production 'Bab’Aziz' at the Yarmouk Cultural Centre on 14 February at 7pm.
The film follows a journey of a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. This masterpiece can only be made by a poet making a film, namely Tunisian Nacer Khemir. The two 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.