Bab'Aziz - The Prince who Contemplated his Soul (Tunisia, Iran)

Directed by Nacer Khemir

2006, 96 min.

In Arabic and Farsi with English subtitles

A visual poem of breathtaking beauty, the film unfolds like an Arabian fairy tale imparting stories within stories. A blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his granddaughter Ishtar wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place once every thirty years. To take her mind off the hardships of travel, Bab'Aziz entertains Ishtar with the legend of the young prince who becomes self-absorbed and neglects his princely duties. En route, they meet other travelers with their own stories of longing and belonging.

Sponsored by the University of Portland.