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Bab'Aziz—The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul
2006, Nacer Khemir, 96 minutes.

A visual poem of incomparable beauty, this masterpiece from director Nacer Khemir (Wanderers of the Desert) begins with the story of a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they 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. Filled with breathtaking images and wonderful music, Nacir Khemir has created a fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran.

Director Nacer Khemir's past cinematic achievements include his award-winning features Les Baliseurs du Désert (Wanderers of the Desert), awarded Grand Prix of the Festival des Trois Continents in 1984, and Le Collier Perdu de la Colombe (The Dove's Lost Necklace), which won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno in 1991. The script was written by Nacer Khemir with the participation of screenwriter Tonino Guerra (Amarcord, Night of the Shooting Stars, Blowup and L’Avventura).

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This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

Rental Information
This film is available from AFD for public screenings and television broadcast. For information regarding rental rates and formats, please contact info@arabfilm.com for institutional/non-theatrical screenings, or info@arabfilm.com for theatrical, festival, television, or other bookings.

Feature Film:
• Bab'Aziz—The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul Nacer Khemir, 2006, 96 minutes,
• Bent Familia Nouri Bouzid, 1997, 105 minutes,
• Bye Bye Karim Dridi, 1995, 107 minutes,
• Dove's Lost Necklace, The Nacer Khemir, 1991, 90 minutes,
• Gulf War, What Next?, The Borhane Alaouie, Nouri Bouzid, Mustapha Darkaoui, Nejia Ben Mabrouk, and Elia Suleiman, 1991, 109 minutes,
• Man of Ashes Nouri Bouzid, 1986, 109 minutes,
• Sheherazade: Words against Death Nacer Khemir, 2011, 81 minutes,
• Sultan of the City, The Moncef Dhouib, 1992, 95 minutes,
• Summer In La Goulette, A Férid Boughédir, 1996, 89 minutes,
• Wanderers of the Desert Nacer Khemir, 1984, 95 minutes,
• André Miquel: An Encounter with the Arabic Language Nacer Khemir, 2010, 61,
• Looking for Muhyiddin Nacer Khemir, 2012, 180 minutes,
• Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity Viola Shafik—author, 2007, 255 pages,

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