Designed as a road movie, ‘Gnawa Music – Body and Soul’ is a musical and human odyssey in the heart of Gnawa music in Morroco. From Tanger to Essaouira passing by Tamesloht, Marrakech, Sale, the film takes us, body and soul, beyond the music to experience the splendor of a universal message which went through time to celebrate life.
Frank Cassenti shoot from more of 20 years the most important jazz musicians to translate the soul of the music. With his intimate comprehension of the music and with his own filming style, he invite the public to approach the emotion in action on the stage. As musician and cinema director, Frank Cassenti has directed many documentary films about music : Lettre à Michel Petrucciani, Je suis Jazz c’est ma vie… Miles Davis, Dizzy, Ellington, Grappelli, Shepp… and the great Jazz Divas. They have been selected by many international film festivals and won many prices (Fipa d’Or, Django d’Or, Prix de la Sacem…)