Arabian Sights Film Festival - Film (El Gusto) and Reception

Wow, this will be good. The American premiere of the Algerian film El Gusto, with Director Safinez Bousbia in person. Think a more touching and buoyant Buena Vista Social Club. This film is receiving off-the-chart reviews, and the fact that we can see it at this great theater with the director with a reception after (sponsored by the Embassy of Algeria), all for $12 is amazing.

IF YOU'd LIKE TO GO, YOU NEED TO BUY A TICKET FOR THIS.  IT WILL SELL OUT - fairly quickly in my opinion.  GO TO THIS LINK FOR TICKETS.  You want the Friday at 6:30 show - there is also a show Saturday at 9 FYI but without a reception.  AGAIN, YOU NEED TO BUY A TICKET FOR THIS beyond just rsvping here.

AMERICAN PREMIERE

El Gusto

SAFINEZ BOUSBIA
Algeria, France, 2011, 88 minutes, Color, Digital

In Person: Director Safinez Bousbia

It all started in a small mirror shop during director Safinez Bousbia's visit to Algiers in 2003 when she came across old photographs of a music class from the 1940s. Her curiosity inspired her to learn more, and she set out to track down the classmates, Muslim and Jewish, now between the ages of 70 and 100 and residing in Algeria and abroad. The photos were from sessions at the Conservatory of Algiers, where the students had studied under the legendary master El Hadj M'Hamed El Anka. Their musical genre Chabbi, literally "the music of the people," defied class, religion, and ethnicity. When the Algerian Revolution began the group could not sustain; the Jewish friends fled the country while the remaining band members scattered. Through years of detective work and extensive travel, Bousbia reunites the musician friends in this moving documentary to once again celebrate life and friendship as the group "El Gusto." Winner of Best Director from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

In Arabic with English subtitles

The screening on Friday November 2 will be followed by a reception.

Toe-tapping and infectious on emotional and intellectual levels, "El Gusto" is Algerian-born Safinez Bousbia's heartwarming tribute to her native country's lost egalitarianism as much as to the elderly exponents of the popular music form called "chaabi." Comparisons are being made to "The Buena Vista Social Club," and while there are similarities, Bousbia's docu concentrates on the history as well as the music, making the orchestra's reunion at the end especially poignant. Fests will be breaking down the door, since auds are sure to embrace "El Gusto" with gusto; international arthouses could also have a winner.

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  • Mary Frances K.

    Excellend idea

    November 5, 2012

  • Joan

    Wonderful

    November 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Ron for organizing this event. The movie was great and being able to see a collection of spectacular aerial images from George Steinmetz’s 15 year journey cataloging the world’s deserts was a bonus.

    November 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic event Ronn! Thanks so much for bringing this inspirational event to ArtHouse!

    November 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we going to try and find each other before the film starts?

    1 · November 1, 2012

    • rachel

      Great to meet you tonight!

      1 · November 2, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Likewise!

      November 3, 2012

  • Randi

    The film was so touching that it made me cry. I also enjoyed seeing the Casbah area of Algeria and listening to Chaabi music for the first time.

    November 3, 2012

  • friend of Smokey the B.

    the film was highly emotive, in my opinion. the wine was not available to the masses of Morocco (President's stock)...the reception was sponsored by their Embassy

    November 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good film and I enjoyed the reception

    November 2, 2012

  • Farah

    Very motivational and touching movie and beautiful reception

    November 2, 2012

  • Mimi J.

    i an running late.will be there around 6:30om

    November 2, 2012

  • Kalyan

    I just got my ticket at the box office, they have lot of tickets available!!

    November 2, 2012

  • Ronn

    Yes. We will convene between 6 and 6:15 on the left side as you walk in the building. At 6:15 we'll get our seats. Following the movie and Q&A, we'll head to the reception. Get your drink and first plate of food and we'll try to set up an ArtHouse spot on the left near the window. my number is[masked]

    November 2, 2012

    • Ronn

      I think for the "day of," the box office takes over. Try[masked] 7700. Please let everyone know if you find out something. I may have an extra as well.

      November 2, 2012

    • Kalyan

      Thanks :)

      November 2, 2012

  • C.D. E.

    I have never been to a group event. How do we find the group?

    November 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok. I got the ticket. Thanks everyone. I also got the email back, tickets are available at the box office starting at 5:30pm. Looking forward to see everyone!

    November 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone has a ticket to sell? Tickets are not available online for tonight, only for tomorrow. Thanks.

    November 2, 2012

  • C.D. E.

    Is the 6:30 show sold out or can you still get tickets at the box office?

    November 2, 2012

  • Mike B

    I just bought a ticket - so there may still be some available...

    October 29, 2012

  • T

    Can you pay at the door?

    October 28, 2012

  • Ronn

    has everyone bought tickets who would like to go? I think it will sell out fairly soon (probably after a little publicity). Here's the link: http://filmfestdc.org/arabianSights/filmView.cfm?passID=7

    October 15, 2012

    • Sharyn

      I have mine.

      October 15, 2012

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