Najwa Barakat, Khirreddine Kati (Amzik), Simone Bitton, Bassem Youssef
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Najwa Barakat, Khirreddine Kati (Amzik), Simone Bitton, Bassem Youssef
26 min
Najwa Barakat, Khirreddine Kati (Amzik), Simone Bitton, Bassem Youssef

The group Amzik is back with "Atlas", to the greater delight of its fans in France, Algeria and around the world. The eleven tracks on this new album by the three poet musicians, clearly fall into the tradition of Kabyle music and are very much in tune with the times. Thanks to social media, Amzik has been able to keep in touch throughout the health crisis. But nothing can really replace a live concert. Khirreddine Kati is impatient to return to performing on stage with his partners, the twins Nonor and Karim Belkadi. Make it a date in Paris on 28 November 2021, at the Cabaret Sauvage.

Ziyara, a visit paid to the saints and the marabouts, is a popular and deeply-rooted practice for both the Muslims and Jews of Morocco. In 1950, nearly 300,000 Jews lived in Morocco. Today almost all have left, but their saints and their ancestors still remain. The film director Simone Bitton went to meet those who keep their memory alive, Muslims nostalgic for the time when the two communities lived side-by-side and shared the same places of worship. Her film "Ziyara", screened on 20 November 2021 as part of the Noisy-le-Sec Franco-Arab Film Festival, will be released in France on 1 December.

Who is this Monsieur N. whose voyage through the slums of Beirut is imagined by Najwa Barakat? The novelist has written a psychological thriller in which she denounces the violence and corruption that has been eating away at Lebanon for decades. Any similarity with recent events is therefore not totally fortuitous. "Monsieur N.", translated into French from Arabic by Philippe Vigreux, is published by Actes Sud.

Amongst the highlights of the 22nd Arab World Festival of Montreal (from 29 October to 13 November 2021) is the new show by Bassem Youssef, the former cardiologist who became a humorist in Egypt. It covers everything from international news headlines to the "wintery" Arab spring, the media, religious obscurantism... An exclusive report by Catherine François, TV5MONDE correspondent in Montreal, who was the only one able to get anywhere near Bassem Youssef.

#As seen by Slimane: when Aramco, the Saudi oil giant, dreams of going green.
#Atmosphere with the guests' cultural favourites.

Guests: Najwa Barakat, novelist, author of "Monsieur N."; Khirreddine Kati, member of the musical group Amzik; Simone Bitton, documentary-maker, director of "Ziyara"; Slimane Zeghidour, TV5MONDE editorialist.

Presented by: Mohamed Kaci.