Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
Augusta Palmer – a filmmaker, painter, scholar, a DooBeeDoo writer and a very good friend of mine – made it possible that her documentary film The Hand of Fatima (2009, 75 min.) will be screened as part of this fall’s Meet the Maker series at the New York Public Library’s Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center on October 25th at 6pm. She will screen and also discuss her documentary.
The Hand of Fatima features the writing of music critic Robert Palmer, who is his father, terrific performances from The Master Musicians of Jajouka, a stunning voice-over by the fabulous Ned Sublette, and interviews with Donovan, Anthony DeCurtis, Genesis P. Orridge, Randy Weston and more. Here are few things people have said or written about the film:
“A combination of personal history and glorious music that is deeply compelling.” – New York Magazine
This personal documentary about music critic Robert Palmer and his musical family, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, was a Critic’s Pick at New York Magazine, who called it “deeply compelling.” The documentary, which screened at New York’s Anthology Film Archives as well as at a broad range of film festivals in 2009 and 2010, features interviews with Anthony DeCurtis, Stephen Davis, Donovan, Bill Laswell, Yoko Ono, Genesis P. Orridge, and Randy Weston as well as a performance by The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar. Directed by Robert Palmer’s daughter, Augusta Palmer, The Hand of Fatima combines live action footage of the her 2007 visit to the village of Jajouka with animations and archival images that bring to life her father’s 1970s experiences in the Moroccan village of Jajouka, as well as his subsequent trips there with Ornette Coleman and others.
Buy the DVD now on Amazon.com or Buy it at The Hand of Fatima website