*Brave Festival Film (Wroclaw, Poland)
* African Studies Centre (Leiden, The Netherlands)

* SXSW 2013: Special Jury Prize for Cinematography


Category |Ethnography, History, Migration, Religion
Year | 2013
Country | USA
Running time | 83’
Format | 16mm, HD
Production | Little Monster Films, Other Films
Director | Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Touba reveals a face of Islam essential to these divisive times. It chronicles the Grand Magaal pilgrimage of 1 million Sufi Muslims to the holy city of Touba, Senegal. This observational film takes us inside the Mouride Brotherhood: one of Africa’s most elusive organizations. Pilgrims travel from all over the world to pay homage to the life and teachings of Cheikh Amadou Bamba. His non-violent resistance to French colonial persecution in the late 19th century inspired a national movement: freedom of religious expression through pacifism. These are lessons the world can learn.

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