TOUBA

By Elizabeth CHAI

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Documentary - Completed 2013

'Touba' reveals a different face of Islam by chronicling Sufi Muslims' annual pilgrimage to the Senegalese city of Touba.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • WOLOF, FRENCH
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Elizabeth CHAI
    • Producer(s)
    • Elizabeth CHAI (Little Monster Films)
    • Synopsis
    • “Touba,” reveals a face of Islam essential to these divisive times. It chronicles the Grand Magaal pilgrimage of 1 million Sufi Muslims to the holy city of Touba, Senegal. Shot on 16mm, its vivid cinematography and integrated soundtrack elevate it to the level of humanist film poem. This observational film takes us inside the Mouride Brotherhood: one of Africa's most elusive organizations. Pilgrims travel from all over the world to pay homage to the life and teachings of Cheikh Amadou Bamba. His non-violent resistance to French colonial persecution in the late 19th century inspired a national movement: freedom of religious expression through pacifism. These are lessons the world can learn.
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