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Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2005)

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Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great ... See full summary »

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Parviz Shahinkhou ...
Bab'Aziz
Maryam Hamid ...
Ishtar
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Nour
Mohamed Graïaa ...
Osman (as Mohammed Grayaa)
Hossein Panahi ...
Red Dervish
Nessim Khaloul ...
Zaid
Hessam Hassanipour ...
Hassan
Hamed Hassanipour ...
Hossein
Morteza Zare ...
Ramadan
Mohsen Ghazi Moradi ...
Intendant
Ali Asghar Nejat ...
The Horse Rider
Kaveh Khodashenas ...
Prince
Jahan Souz Fouladi ...
Old Prince Dervish
Abdelmajid Lakhal ...
Old Calligrapher / Calligrapher
Razi Amiri ...
The Smuggler
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Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab'Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own--including Osman, who longs for the beautiful woman he met at the bottom of a well, and Zaid, who searches for the ravishing young woman who fled from him after being seduced by his songs. A fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran. Written by Anonymous

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11 May 2006 (Hungary)  »

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Bab'Aziz, le prince qui contemplait son âme  »

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Red dervish: Sweep with your soul, before your beloved's door. Only then will you become her lover.
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Bab'Aziz: film as a spiritual "enhancer" Washington, E Street Cinema 2008
21 June 2008 | by (Washington DC, United States) – See all my reviews

This is more than a film. It is a cinematic teaching tale. It can function on the level of that sort of Sufi contemplation device in which direct experience--through contemplation of a parable--is more important than preaching and didacticism. It is designed with careful artistry so that it is comprehended by the faculty of consciousness mystics call "the heart" rather then by the intellect. The Sufi (and Islamic)traditional saying "Die before you die" has never been so well conveyed. The central figures of Baba and Ishtar embodied by the actors are compelling to the point of beauty, with enough mystery and paradox that you will never be able to put your finger on precisely why, and in what way, you have been moved. But many, many people will be: what ever faith they practice, and even if they do not have one. This film will leave you with the powerful sense that the realm of spirit is the greater reality. -- Joe Martin


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