Crossing documentary and fiction, Manna explores the different musical traditions of the communities that live in and around Jerusalem with Jewish-German specialist Robert Lachman and his work in Palestine as a kick-off point.
Back in the ‘30s, musicologist Robert Lachmann vindicated through his radio show the fact that the borders between Arab and Jewish music are artificial. Eight decades later, Jumana Manna retrieves some of the field recordings Lachmann used in his show, presenting them to musicians from different tribes and religions: Kurdish, Moroccans, Samaritans, and Bedouins, who reinterpret the pieces and also add their own testimonies. The result is a moving and vital reflection on the notion of home, its loss, and also its use as a refuge against reality. There’s also a kind of return to a paradise-like state, a historical moment that transcends the words of statesmen, in the melisma of a song that was passed on through generations. FG
D, G, DA, P: Jumana Manna F: Daniel Kedem E: Katrin Ebersohn, Jumana Manna S: Jochen Jezussek PE: Polly Staple I: Adel Manna, Aziza Manna, Aharon Amram, Liron Amram, Wasif Tawfiq Cahen
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Born in the US in 1987, she is of Palestine origin and is established in Berlín. A graduate from CalArts, the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, her works have been shown at London’s Tate Modern, New Work’s Sculpture Center and Berlin’s Kunstlerhau Bethanien.