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Minstrels of the Sacred Mountains

The journey of a musician through the history and the myths surrounding the ancient mystical instrument called the tanbur.

  • Farid Elhami
  • Farid Elhami
  • Farid El hami
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    خنیاگران کوه های مقدس
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  • Runtime:
    50 minutes 50 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
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Director Biography - Farid Elhami

Farid Elhami, 40, is a musician, documentary filmmaker, and a scholar of Folklore music. His specialty is in tanbour, one of the oldest fretted instruments in the history of humanity.

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Director Statement

This is a movie witnessing the present history of one of the most ancient instruments in human life. The tanbour, dating back to 5 thousand years ago, comes with a treasure trove of myths, rituals, and a rich repertoire of pieces and songs.
Mostly played by the Kurds, one of the most oppressed minorities in at least 4 countries in the region, the tanbour bears the burden of history and pain.