Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


A Door to God: Film screening with director Maruf Noyoft

A showcase of music, history, and tradition, A Door to God, a film by Maruf Noyoft, depicts the rich and unique culture of Northern Tajikistan, focusing particularly on that region's interaction with therubob, a lute-like string instrument. Maruf's film is an educational, preservation and passion project, a way for him to "preserve these traditions for later generations" and a way for him to preserve his identity.
The film focuses solely on the instrument, how it is made, the etymology of the word rubob itself, which translates as "door to God," the symbolism both of the instrument and the music, and takes the audience through a history of the tradition.
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May 4, 5pm to 7pm, Silk Road House, 1944 University Ave, Berkeley