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Maghreb-Orient Express

( Season 2020 )
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Fatma Said, Jean-Pierre Perrin, Sabrina Belouaar
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Fatma Said, Jean-Pierre Perrin, Sabrina Belouaar

"Adieux de l'Hôtesse Arabe" (Farewell of the Arab Hostess) by Georges Bizet, "Sevillanas del Siglo XVIII" (Sevillanas of the 18th century) by Federico Garcia Lorca and "Aatini Al Naya Wa Ghanni" (Give Me the Flute and Sing) adapted from the poem by Khalil Gibran... The album "El Nour", by Fatma Said, mixes French, Spanish and Arabic melodies and popular music. As she waits to return to the world's stages and her public, the soprano reveals her projects, in which Egypt is never far away.
"In summer in Baghdad and until the end of autumn, the heat falls as heavily onto our shoulders, neck and head as a sofa that plummets from the third floor. And even from the sixth if you walk out of one of those luxury hotels where the air conditioning, wielded with a violence proper to Mesopotamia, has transformed it into an annex of the North Pole before global warming", so writes Jean-Pierre Perrin. Iraq but also Syria and Lebanon: three countries that he has crossed and re-crossed during his career as a foreign correspondent. "Une Guerre Sans Fin" (A War Without End), published by Rivages/Nord, marks his return to fiction with characters freely inspired by his travels in the Middle East: Joan-Manuel, a novelist held hostage by jihadists then released in the desert; Alexandre, a French diplomat on a secret mission in Homs; Daniel, a mercenary specialising in military security in Baghdad.
As a child her mother told her never to stare at the women hawking jewellery in Algeria. Years later, the artist Sabrina Belouaar has photographed the hands and collected the personal stories of those whose lives have spared them little. Her series entitled "The Gold Sellers" pays tribute to the resilience of these veritable businesswomen, who openly scorn the patriarchal society. Sabrina Belouaar is one of the artists being shown at the exhibition "Zone Franche" (Free Zone), organised as part of the Africa2020 Season, that can be viewed via a virtual visitor's trail until 1 August 2021 on the website of the Institute of Islamic Cultures in Paris.
#As seen by Slimane: the road to Damascus. #Atmosphere with the guests' cultural favourites.

Guests: Fatma Said, soprano (from Berlin); Jean-Pierre Perrin, foreign correspondent and writer; Sabrina Belouaar, artist; Slimane Zeghidour, TV5MONDE editorialist.

Presented by: Mohamed Kaci.