El Gusto

  • Jacob Burns Film Center 364 Manville Rd. Pleasantville, NY 10570
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After a chance encounter with an aged furniture maker in Algiers, director Safinez Bousbia discovered chaabi music, a vibrant, cross-pollinated form that flourished in the Casbah but is little known to most Westerners. Upon learning that the man had been part of a celebrated chaabi orchestra in the 50s, Bousbia set out to find as many of his old bandmates as she could in Algeria and France -- some of them nearing their 100th birthdays, most having been unable to make a living from music for decades. From Hollywood Reporter

Director: Safinez Bousbia

RT: 88 mins