The Hand of Fatima
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Anthology is thrilled to present the US Theatrical Premiere Run of THE HAND OF FATIMA, a double portrait of a rock critic and his favorite band. Robert Palmer was America's pre-eminent music writer, best known for his book DEEP BLUES and his work for the NEW YORK TIMES. The Master Musicians of Jajouka are a hereditary Moroccan brotherhood who play music older than history, but have also jammed with Ornette Coleman and Sonic Youth. Using Robert Palmer's writing about the band as her guide, Palmer's daughter Augusta set out for Morocco in 2005 hoping to find out what happened when… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Has a combination of personal history and glorious music that is deeply compelling."
‑ , New York Magazine/Vulture
"Like so many before her, Augusta Palmer treats her hosts with overstated reverence, which is a shame: Somewhere in this scenario lies a very funny, very strange indie comedy."
‑ Jay Ruttenberg, Time Out New York
"It'd be tempting to call it ambitious if the large emotions felt by its subjects were transmitted in terms other than the increasingly common tropes of the family-therapy doc."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"The Hand of Fatima tries to understand the '60s-bred hunger for ecstasy, pursued through music and drugs."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"All the slapdash animation, stock footage, fake Robert narration, and cred-boosting testimonials here (Yoko Ono, Donovan, Genesis P. Orridge) offer less insight than father Palmer's own book-turned-doc Deep Blues."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Succeeds in shedding kaleidoscopic light on both the man and the music."
‑ Ben Greenman, New Yorker
"For all its earnestness, however, The Hand of Fatima feels a little too thematically diffuse to leave a distinct impression."
‑ Matthew Connolly, New York Press
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