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A visual journey exploring the sacred musical culture of Western Asia and its delicate relationship with Islam and the state.
Created by

Amar Chebib

173 backers pledged $20,075 to help bring this project to life.

Film Refocusing & Upcoming Travel

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SUFI MUSIC VIDEO RELEASE! "MADHA MORISCO" by Al Firdaus Ensemble

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Mawlid Mubarak Everyone!

I just wanted to share with you a music video I directed for Al Firdaus Ensemble, an amazing group of international musicians that play a mix of Andalusian, Flamenco, and Syrian/Turkish Sufi music. I had the pleasure of shooting this video for them in Andalusia, Spain back in spring.  It's been a labour of love and… well, HERE IT IS! PLEASE SHARE WIDELY :-)

http://www.alfirdaus-ensemble.com

 P.S. Wajd is bubbling with new inspiration at this point...

Uncooked Chickpea (Film Re-Editing)

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So when do we get to see the film?

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FILM IS FINISHED!!! And check out our new trailer/website :-)

Dear Friends,

It is with great joy and gratitude that we announce that Wajd has completed post-production. It has been a tediously long, beautiful, and rewarding journey for all of us at Salam Films. The sound design came together beautifully and we had it mixed at Capilano University's fabulous new studio (thanks to Murray Stiller, Jeremy Therrien's previous instructor and sound design partner on the film). The colour correction was also completed with elegance and subtlety by our new friend Neil Thomson who worked for many years at Omnifilm.

So what now? Well completing the film is only half the work. The other half is getting it out there! We have been working with the film collaborative to devise our marketing/distribution strategy and have already applied to several great film festivals internationally which we should start hearing back from in March. Until then we will be building up our social media presence, reaching out to potential distribution partners, and generally spreading the word as far as possible. Some of the key advice we got from the film collaborative is that we cannot depend on film festivals or distributors to market our film for us. It helps, but with a niche film like ours, we should be looking be making direct contact with our audience as much as possible, which will in turn make the film more attractive to festivals/distributors. This is where you come in.

We are looking to spread the word to people/organizations interested in Sufism/spirituality, Islamic arts/culture, world music, West Asia (Middle East) politics/history, new paradigm activism (e.g. Occupy, Gezi Park etc.) as well as diaspora communities in general. This includes universities and academic institutions (ethnomusicology, religious/cultural studies, political science, international relations etc.) which we believe will be key in getting this film out there. The very fact that you are reading this means you fall into one of those categories, and more than likely know people who know more people (etc) that are interested. Please help us spread the word by liking/sharing our new WEBSITE, TRAILER, and FACEBOOK PAGE via email, social media, and word of mouth. We will also be creating a mailing list separate from Kickstarter (sign up on our website) in order reach more people directly. Please don't hesitate to message us if you know someone or an organization we should be talking to!

We are super excited to have completed one leg of the journey, and beginning the next... Enjoy the trailer/website and please let us know what you think!

Love,

Amar & Salam Films team

p.s. another email coming for backers-only regarding rewards