Director Jumana Manna discussed her film 'A Magical Substance Flows Into Me' after its North American premiere at the closing night of the 2016 edition of Art of the Real at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Artist Jumana Manna picks up the torch of musicologist Robert Lachmann, a Palestinian analogue to Alan Lomax. Lachmann moved from Berlin to Jerusalem in 1935 to found a department of “Oriental” music at Hebrew University, and hosted a radio program on Palestine Broadcasting Service that featured pieces from the country’s ethnic and religious groups. Manna includes snippets of the broadcasts, and returns to record captivating performances from contemporary musicians in these communities. Unpretentious in its approach and beautifully photographed, this infectious film proves Manna a master of conveying both the quotidian and the staged.
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