Director Jumana Manna / 2015 / UK,Palestine

"A beautifully poignant film that explores how musical customs create identity and overcome cultural suppression. Here, the power of music truly transcends politics." – Time Out UK

In the 1930s, in the years before the Palestinian exodus, the German-Jewish musicologist Robert Lachmann moved to Jerusalem to study and celebrate the music of Palestine. His radio show, Oriental Music, was an attempt to showcase the diversity and richness of this ancient musical tradition and the way it fought against the arbitrary divisions between Arab and Jew.

80 years later, Palestinian filmmaker and artist Jumana Manna follows in Lachmann’s footsteps and visits Kurdish, Moroccan and Yemenite Jews, Samaritans, members of urban and rural Palestinian communities, Bedouins and Coptic Christians, as they exist today within the geographic space of historical Palestine. Manna engages them in conversation around their music, while lingering over that music’s history as well as its current, sometimes endangered state. A moving, transcendent testament to music as humanity's universal language, A Magical Substance Flows Into Me is a feast for the senses that shines a hopeful light onto one of our most intractable calamities.

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