Directed by : Tony Gatlif
"Be happy for this moment; this moment is your life."
Tony Gatlif is a master of capturing in his films the emotion of gipsy, oriental and Sufi music. Here he directs the work of the great poet Omar Khayyâm which symbolises the re-enchantment of the world, the theme of this festival.
In collaboration with Faouzi Skali, Director General of the Spirit of Fes Foundation, and Alain Weber, the Festival's Artistic Director, Tony Gatlif presents artists from central Asia and the eastern and western world in a brand new performance.
His cult film Latcho Drom, released in 1992, traces the history of gipsy music from India to Spain, and since then Tony Gatlif has been known as one of the first producers to showcase traditional music, presenting the veracity and extravagance of such music that still holds such ancient sentiment. In most of his films, music plays both a tender and ecstatic role carrying us through the great maelstrom of life and of spirit.
The Persian writer and sage Ghiyath ed-din Abdoul Fath Omar Ibn Ibrahim al-Khayyām Nishabouri, better known as Omar Khayyām, was born on 18 May 1048 in Nishapur, Persia (today's Iran).
Son of a tent-maker, Omar Khayyâm, became known from 1074 as a great mathematician and astronomer throughout the East. His work in algebra, cubic equations, astronomical tables and his reform of the Persian calendar, made him a great sage of his time.
At a time when science was inextricably linked to the spiritual, Omar Khayyâm was filled with a mystical quest and gave us his vision of existence, of God and of eternity in his poems. The hauntingly beautiful quatrains of his famous Rubaiyat are still relevant now after so many centuries.
Faced as we are today by the quest for power, by anarchy and dark deeds, Omar Khayyâm gives us a serene and pleasant philosophy for a life focussed on the now and on the light.