The matrux is a unique form of Moroccan-Jewish music, fusing Hebrew and Arabic texts. The music and lyrics are derived from Andalusian traditions of music and poetry, reflecting the centuries-old link between Jewish and Muslim societies. While the singer might address secular topics in Arabic, Hebrew is reserved for sacred matters.

This unique film features a live performance by Rabbi Haim Louk and Abdelsadek Chekara and interviews with performers and scholars.

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Embroidered Canticles

France, 1991, 26 minutes, color
French, Arabic & Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Izza Genini

Public Exhibition 16mm, Beta Rental available

 
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