In a world increasingly polarized by religious conflicts and
violence, SOUND OF THE SOUL is a timely and profound journey of
understanding and hope.
The film presents a vivid portrait of
Fez, Morocco, an historically open-minded and tolerant Arab city, with
its annual Fez Festival of World Music. This unusual event invites
Muslim, Christian and Jewish men and women from around the world to
share their varied spiritual traditions through musical performances at
the city's historic sites.
SOUND OF THE SOUL captures the
multi¬faceted nature of this extraordinary celebration by deftly weaving
together vibrant concert footage with insightful commentary from
musicians and an international symposium of philosophers, scientists and
An ideal tool for any classroom or study group looking to further
explore the issues of globalization, comparative cultures or religious
tolerance. Also a valuable addition to any library, this comprehensive
product can also be used to supplement coursework on topics ranging from
world music to sociology to African studies.
This Special Edition DVD includes additional music performances,
interviews with political and spiritual leaders on globalization, and
interfaith discussions from Fez and the Tribeca Film Festival. Bonus
Features include an introduction to World Music, a visual tour of Fez
and the Moroccan landscape, and reactions from the festival audience.
ROM features include links and documents on world music, interfaith
engagement, travel to Fez, and personal transformation and experience.
Reviews and Festivals“Highly Recommended. A wonderful compilation of spiritual and uplifting music, during a time of world-wide unrest and unease between many cultures and religions; yet, it illustrates the power of the human spirit and the power of music to unite and bring people together. The music will have you tapping your toes and maybe even dancing along!”
– Educational Media Reviews Online
"A heartwarming tribute to religious diversity and tolerance. It is satisfying to know that there are places where religious diversity is still accepted and appreciated."
- Anthropology Review Database
“The intersection between spirituality and world music is pinpointed in Sound of the Soul, a handsome documentary about the Fez Festival in Morocco. The event offers attendees a platform where they can tie together music and faith as a universal bond... The main attraction is the lineup of frequently astonishing acts glimpsed and (more importantly) heard. Intensely rhythmic and ecstatic... Wide-format DV lensing and sound recording are first-rate.”
-Dennis Harvey, VARIETY
“A moving testament to the healing power of music, Sound of the Soul offers a microcosmic vision of what a culture of tolerance can achieve and gives hope that such an approach might spread to the world outside Fez.”
- Kellen Quinn, Tribeca Film Festival
“There’s a moment in Sound of the Soul when you stop looking at the subtitles. No matter your religion or lack thereof, it’s no longer about the words or deities or beliefs, but rather the transcendent power of music."
- The Boston Globe