Amzrou Synagogue Interior, Series II, No. 1, 2009 (excerpt)
Running Time: 2:09 minutes / HD / colour

This video explores a perspective of the interior of a synagogue in Amzrou, a kasbah in southern Morocco.

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Silent

         thousands of particles dance in a pool of light
         like stars in another planet
         their magnitude unknown

         patterns of vivid strands
         fluffy with dust,
         delicate as silk,
         tangled, they shiver
         announcing the sky

Note: The subject of the Moroccan series concerns the Jewish Berbers of southern Morocco who lived there for 2500 years. The work is a poetic evocation of a place and marks the dispersion of a society from its home, its place of origin. It is the result of research, interviews and several trips that I made to southern Morocco, starting in 1981 that culminated in a series of videos, photographs and drawings.