A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew fly into Morocco ... no, it’s not a joke. Music transcends polarization and conflict— or at least that’s the case at the Fez Music Festival.
Director Stephen Olsson documents the 2002 and 2004 galas of sacred music in a film to be screened at the Main Library. The festival, in its 16th year, manifests a congregation of artistic beatitude where people can live harmoniously, celebrate togetherness and, most importantly, perform world-class music. Olsson’s goal: Make a film that deals with the mystical experience but not be trite or esoteric. Check that box. Sound of the Soul captures impressive audio footage, visits a symposium and relates the locale’s history. Morocco, the Islamic oasis of peace and tolerance, hosts performers ranging from all over the world (sorry, Mormon Tabernacle, maybe next year). An Episcopal priest says, “...[The] arts are the most direct and immediate way of communicating profound passions and profound beliefs.” Salt Lake Film Center’s Films Without Borders series brings another profoundly passionate piece.