(2010/2011), 27’ min


Al Hadr – The present

A shot of just under half an hour in the Derga, the common room of a mosque, in Damascus. The first thing to be seen is a deserted room in which a few pots and cups are placed. From a loudspeaker, the Sufi chants of the great Dhikr, a Sufi ritual concluding the Friday prayer, are heard. For a moment people enter the room, cross it and leave it again. Finally the chants fade away, silence returns. Little by little the room fills with men. They sit on the floor opposite each other and have a communal meal.

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