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16mm-Shot Feature Documentary 'Touba' (On Grand Magaal Pilgrimage) Coming To NYC In May

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 25, 2013 at 9:19PM

16mm-Shot Feature Documentary 'Touba' (On Grand Magaal Pilgrimage) Coming To NYC In May
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"Touba"
"Touba"

New Yorkers are in for a profound experience from director E. Chai Vasarhelyi, whose feature documentary, Touba, which made its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival last month, will screen here in NYC on Sunday, May 5th, at 3pm, at Maysles Cinema.

With unprecedented access to one of the largest religious pilgrimages on the African continent, director Vasarhelyi reveals a face of Islam the world rarely ever gets to see. 


Unexpectedly and beautifully shot on 16mm film, in a time when most documentaries are shot on digital, the observational film's vivid cinematography and soundtrack weave together a work of cinematic poetry, taking audiences inside the elusive Mouride Brotherhood, chronicling the Grand Magaal pilgrimage of 1 million Sufi Muslims to the holy city of Touba, Senegal. 

They travel from all over the world to pay homage to the life and teachings of Cheikh Amadou Bamba, whose non-violent resistance to French colonial persecution in the late 19th century inspired a national movement: freedom of religious expression through pacifism. Quite topical given recent events.


I'd say that, in addition to this documentary, there's also a scripted feature-length film in this story - specifically, Cheikh Amadou Bamba's own individual, magnificent story; a man considered one of Senegal's greatest spiritual leaders ever, whose pacifist teachings are said to have become a major influence on contemporary Senegalese life and culture.

Every year, millions of Muslims from all over the world make a pilgrimage to Touba, to worship at the mosque and honor the memory of Sheikh Amadou Bamba.

Vasarhelyi (who also directed the acclaimed documentary Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love) tells that particular story with Touba.

And if you're in NYC on May 5th, you should head to Maysles Cinema in Harlem, and check out the film.

Watch the trailer embedded below for a glimpse of what to expect:




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