Oulaya's Wedding

The latest film from Sublime Frequencies, the record label and collective that's been documenting music and culture in far-flung spots around the world, spends an hour amid the colorful chaos and joy of a wedding in Mauritania. The bride is the eldest daughter of Salmou Bamaar, the humble leader of the renowned Saharan guitar band Group Doueh, and the film matches the whirling energy and buoyant joy of Bamaar’s music as the cameras slip between the dancers, musicians, and revelers. Surrounding this week-long celebration are little touches that reveal how the West African nation holds true to its traditions even as it embraces progressive ideas, like encouraging young women in the community to seek an education and the unblinking acceptance of gay men in their midst. Director in attendance.

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