Series: Im Bann der Pferde



A film by Lisa Eder
© 2009 / 43 min (German+French) and 52 min (English) / HD / 16:9 / Stereo

Once a year the royal city of Meknes is transformed into an oriental military-style camp. The arena right in front of the city wall is flanked by large team tents at the sides, decorated halls made of ivory-coloured canvas or Bedouin-style black felt. Two thousand curious onlookers gather round the square. More than five hundred riders are expected to take part in this major Fantasia, a warlike display of horsemanship. In full regalia the first riders gather at the starting line on their gold and sequined-covered horses. They wear their white jelabas, turban-like headwear and long muskets with silver fittings with pride. Both horses and riders are extremely nervous. The starting shot is about to be fired.

The film is part of the series "Under the Spell of Horses". It contains spectacular images from one of these Fantasias and documents the life of a Berber family. The Slimani family has two horses: a workhorse and a high-class Fantasia stallion. It is the family's pride and joy. Most farmers can only afford one riding horse, if at all. In a country as dry as Morocco green fodder is expensive — indeed, it takes as much to keep one horse as it does to keep a whole family. But the horse is still considered part of the family by the Slimanis.

Director Lisa Eder and her team accompany Lachsen as he makes his way through the mountainous terrain of the Middle Atlas to the outskirts of the desert. It is the only way Lachsen will be able to make his and his son's dream come true, of riding together at a fantasia in the royal city of Meknes...



Written and directed by Lisa Eder
Cinematography: Richard Ladkani
Editing: Verena Schönauer
Sound: Roland Winkler
Sound mix: Tomas Bastian
Music: Nils Kacirek
Consultant: Stefan Schomann
Production manager: Omar Derouich
Line producer: Markus Breimaier
Producer: Thomas Wartmann
Commissioning editor: Ulrike Becker, SWR
A coproduction of Filmquadrat.dok GmbH & Südwestrundfunk
in collaboration with ARTE.

Supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.


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