Interview with frederick wiseman director of “La Dance-The Paris Opera Ballet”
My family was Muslim. But we were a special group. We were distinct from the Arabs and the other Muslims of the coast; in our customs and attitudes we were closer to the Hindus of the north-western India, from which we had originally come. When we had come no one could tell me. We were not that kind of people. We simply lived; we did what was expected of us, what we had seen previous generations do. We never asked why; we never recorded. We felt in our bones that we were very old people; but we seemed to have no means of gauging the passing of time. Neither my father nor grandfather could put dates to their stories. not because they had forgotten or were confused; the past was simply the past.