Ahmed Mahfouz, Director of Al-Jazeera Documentary Channel, stressed that the Ramadan map for documentaries this year is characterized by cultural and geographical diversity through a diverse and interesting group of series and films, under the slogan “Ramadan is everywhere.” In exclusive statements to Al-Raya, he said: We will visit more than 20 countries to follow the rituals, customs and traditions of Ramadan among some peoples and societies, and the diversity of the dining table, east and west. Pointing out that there are old series that will be re-displayed and new ones produced or purchased by the documentary, and he pointed out that one of the most prominent productions of Al-Jazeera is “Ramadan and a City”, which is a documentary series that reviews the culture of Muslims in many cities around the world, reflecting a painting that together forms a colorful mosaic of Islamic peoples. As for the tables for the ancestors, it is a historical series that sheds light on the extinct heritage of Arab cuisine, by researching the oldest Arabic manuscripts since the tenth century. Each episode focuses on an ancient Arabic manuscript on the art of Arab cooking. One of the short documentary series is “Colored Memories”, which relies on restoring and coloring an archive that tells important events, through the stories of people who lived through it from different countries of the Arab world, during important periods and events in the life of that country. There is also a series of “Pink Tones”, which is a series of episodes from different regions of the Arab world that tells the story of the emergence of various lyrical and musical groups of women on the artistic and social level.
Mahfouz indicated that the documentary is about to show a group of films, which are also commensurate with the spirituality of the holy month, the most prominent of which is: “Sabiba .. Joy of the Desert.” The work monitors a local heritage event for the Tuareg community in Algeria, reflecting their adherence to a 15-century-old popular cultural heritage. The Tuareg were keen to pass on this heritage to new generations, and immerse themselves in their world through this occasion and the accompanying festive rituals. The film “Halim Al-Roumi.. Two Thousand Tunes and More” deals with the story of the Palestinian-Lebanese composer Halim Al-Roumi, who was credited with discovering, presenting, training and teaching many voices, such as: Fayrouz, Souad Muhammad, Faiza Ahmed, Nasri Shams Al-Din, Nouna Al-Hana and Nazik Al-Malaika. The movie “Wrath of the Nile” conveys the story of the Nile River flood in the 2020 season, which caused massive destruction, the most violent and deepest impact in nearly a hundred years.
In the movie “The Lost Pearl of Andalusia,” the documentary reviews the city of Al-Zahra, which is called “Versailles of Andalusia” today, and it is one of the most important Islamic archaeological sites in the world. The city, we will recount the history of a century of a radiant and powerful civilization, in which Spain was living its golden Islamic age.
This content is republished from Al-Rayah, Qatar. Translated from Arabic into English by Blitz.
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