Ziara – Beyond the Threshold [Ziara, más allá del umbral]

 

Director: Sonia Gamez
Country: Spain
Year: 2013
Running Time: 54 min.
Language: Amazigh and Spanish with English subtitles

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This film intends to explore the phenomenon of maraboutism in the Rif, an area in the north of Morocco. This practice of venerating saints, which was historically common throughout the whole of North Africa, has great cultural importance even today. The shrines or marabouts are the object of many popular religious beliefs. The Rif boasts a great diversity of cults and shows how the ancient ancestral beliefs of the Amazigh people coexist alongside Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam.

 

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