also known as: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul

directed by Nacer Khemir, 95 minutes

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Winner of the "Golden Dagger" for Best Picture at the 2006 Muscat Film Festival.

A visual poem of incomparable beauty, this masterpiece from director Nacer Khemir (the third in the "Desert Trilogy") 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 DESERT (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 (L'AVVENTURA).

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Created over 3 years ago.

Simply beautiful and magical.

Created over 3 years ago.

Truly Loved and enjoyed it

Created over 3 years ago.

waha la'ila

Created almost 2 years ago.

First of all, the girl is at the betrothal age, second of all her face wouldn't be showing. Third of all she wouldn't be talking.

Created over 2 years ago.

So satisfying, this feast for the soul. It touched me deeply - words don't serve to express its beauty.

Created about 3 years ago. Updated about 3 years ago.

A sufi's journey into eternity. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Khemir in Damascus in 2010. We shared our love for Sufism and discussed Ibn Arabi and Rumi on a wonderful afternoon. Mr. Khemir's talent is evident in this film and all his masterpieces. I recommend this film to all who are seeking answers to this life and the one after.

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