NEW SOUTH ASIAN DOCUMENTARY: On and Off Screen

Presented with The Center for Religion & Media at New York University

THURSDAY – SATURDAY / SEPTEMBER 25-27th

New South Asian Documentary: On and Off Screen is a symposium bringing together scholars, filmmakers, and programmers to engage in conversations about the current trends, concerns, and challenges in non-fiction media making practice in and about South Asia.

Free & Open to All

Schedule of Events*

Thursday, Sept 25:

6 pm: Welcome/Opening Remarks/Introduction – Tejaswini Ganti (Anthropology, NYU) author of Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry (Duke University Press, 2012)

6:30-8: Screening: Beyond Bollywood (55min., 2013, Dir: Ruchika Mucchala, India/USA). Bollywood churns out more movies than any other film business, and ‘making it’ is the Indian dream. This intimate documentary shows life on the industry’s fringes: from make-up artist Ojas and expat extras, to rising star Pooja Kasekar. Discussion: filmmaker Ruchika Mucchala with Arjun Appadurai (Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge NYU)

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Friday, September 26th:

9:30: Welcome/Opening Remarks – Tejaswini Ganti (Anthropology, NYU)

9:45-10:30: Keynote – Nicole Wolf  (Goldsmiths, University of London), author of the forthcoming Make it Real! Documentary Politics and Feminist Thought in India and guest editor with Bhaskar Sarkar, Jan. 2012 Special Issue: India Documentary Studies: Contours of a Field in BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies (Sage)

10:45-12:30: Screening - Nirnay (56 min., 2012, Dirs: Pushpa Rawat, Anupama Srinivasan). Set in a lower-middle class neighborhood in the outskirts of Delhi and filmed over a three year period, first-time filmmaker Pushpa Rawat’s documents her personal journey as she tries to make sense of her own life and that of her women friends. DiscussionCo-director Anupama Srinivasan with Nilita Vachani (Film & TV, NYU), filmmaker (When Mother Comes Home for Christmas, Diamonds in a Vegetable Market, Eyes of Stone)

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2-3:30: Panel: Collaboration/Empowerment - filmmakers Anupama Srinivasan (Nirnay), Sunanda Bhat (Have you Seen the Arana, Let’s Make it Right, Gold Drop), Gargi Sen (Magic Lantern Movies), and Ishita Srivastava (Breakthrough) with Nicole Wolf  (Goldsmiths, University of London). Moderator: Deborah Matzner (Wellesly College)

3:45-5:45: Screening/Presentation - A selection of work by Kannan Arunasalam, award-winning filmmaker, narrative journalist and media consultant who uses documentary, photography and multimedia forms of storytelling: The Story of One (19 mins), the story of one of the 8,000 people who  ‘disappeared’ during the war between state security forces in Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tiger rebels; The Diaspora Diaries: Broken (13:44 min.)portrait of an elderly, former champion high jumper in Sri Lanka; and episodes from the I Am projecta series of  66, 3 min portraits in stills and sound, collected over many years. Special Sneak preview: News from Jaffna (25 mins), airing on Al Jazeera’s Witness Sept 29th). Discussion: Kannan Arunasalam with Vasuki Nesiah (Gallatin Human Rights Initiative), legal scholar focusing on public international law.

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 6-8: Screening - Have You Seen the Arana? (73 min, 2012,Dir: Sunanda Bhat, India). Set in Wayanad, part of the fragile ecosystem of the western mountain range in South India, the film takes you on a journey through a region that is witnessing drastic transformation in the name of ‘development’, exploring the effects of this rapidly changing landscape on people’s lives and livelihoods. Discussion: filmmaker Sunanda Bhat, Ritty Lukose (Gallatin, NYU). Moderator: Pegi Vail (NYU Center for Media, Culture and History)

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Saturday, September 27th:

9:30am: Welcome/Opening Remarks – Tejaswini Ganti (Anthropology, NYU)

10-11:30am: Screening - Afsan’s Long Day (40 min., 2014, Dir: Naeem Mohaiemen, Bangladesh/USA). Mohaiemen’s work explores radical politics of the 1970s. This new essay film, a follow-up to his United Red Army (The Young Man Was, Part 1), looks at the dissolution of the Left and makes connections between German radicalism and Bangladeshi activist politics. Discussion: filmmaker Naeem MohaiemenAshish Chaddha (University of Rhode Island)

11:30-1pm: Roundtable: Censorship -  filmmakers Naeem Mohaiemen, Kannan Arunasalam, and Kesang Tseten. Moderator: Tilottama Karlekar (Media, Culture and Communication, NYU)

2:30-4:15: Roundtable: The Political Economy of Documentary Filmmaking - filmmakers Ruchika Mucchala (Beyond Bollywood, The Great Indian Marriage Bazaar) with Gargi Sen (Magic Lantern Movies), Deborah Matzner (Anthropology, Wellesley College), and Ashish Chaddha (University of Rhode Island). Moderator: Tejaswini Ganti (Anthropology, NYU)

4:30-6:30: Screening - Who Will Be a Gurkha? (75 min., 2012, Dir: Kesang Tseten, Nepal). Gurkhas, famous for wielding a curved khukuri knife, have been fighting for Britain for 200 years. Today, Nepalis continue to be lured to the British Army as paid Gurkhas, undergoing grueling tests to win the very few positions available. The selection process presents an elaborate modern-day ritual born in the days of Empire. Discussion:  filmmaker Kesang Tseten (Who Will Be a Gurkha? We Homes Chaps, We Corner People, On the road with the red god: Machhendranath) with Luna Ranjit, Co-founder and Executive Director, Adhikaar, a NY based non-profit working with the Nepali community to promote human rights and social justice. Moderator: Pegi Vail (NYU Center for Media, Culture and History)

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Co-Sponsors: South Asia@NYU, Marron Institute, Anthropology, Cinema Studies, Visual Arts Initiative, Bobst Library, Gallatin Human Rights Program, Of Many Institute For Multifaith Leadership, The Center On Violence And Recovery, Asian/Pacific/American Studies, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

*Subject to change, please check back

 

 

Around Town: Ana: Contemporary Arab Cinema Film Festival (Sept 17-24)

Wed, September 17, 2014 7:00 pm at The Jacob Burns Film Center

3rd i NY and Alwan for the Arts are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Film Festival of Ana: Contemporary Arab Cinema. The festival will take place from September 17th-24th at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. This years’ program presents a unique selection of films from celebrated filmmakers from throughout the Middle East.

Festival Website

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Friday September 19th, 5:15PM

THE LEBANESE ROCKET SOCIETY
Khalil Joreige & Joana Hadjithomas, Lebanon, 2012, 90 min

At the height of the Cold War, a group of students at the Haigazian University in Beirut set up a rocket club with the ultimate aim of propelling a Lebanese satellite into space.

It made front page news. There was a commemorative postage stamp printed. It nearly provoked an international incident when one of the rockets made it as far across the Mediterranean as Cyprus. Yet little of this is remembered in Lebanon, less still in the wider world.

Tracing the Rocket Society’s leader, Manoug Manougian, to the US, the directors begin to piece together the rise and fall of the Society and attempt to explain why it has since faded from public consciousness.

Saturday September 20th, 5:10PM

OMAR
Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine, 2013, 98 min

Omar, a young baker, is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to visit his secret love, Nadia. But Occupied Palestine knows neither love nor clear-cut war and Omar is suddenly transformed into a freedom fighter.

Suspicion and betrayal jeopardise his long-term friendships and soon his loyalties are as torn as the Palestinian landscape in this award-winning thriller/romance.

Monday September 22nd, 7:30PM

THE SQUARE
Jehane Noujaim, UK/Eygpt, 2013, 108 min

Three years on, the Egyptian Revolution continues to evolve. Two presidents have been deposed and the country finds itself back under military rule.

The Square takes us back to the heady days of Tahrir Square transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience.

Click here to purchase tickets.


About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

Sponsors

3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

 

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Alwan’s programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Co-Presentation of “The Mulberry House” at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014, IFC Center

MULBERRY HOUSE
Sara Ishaq, Syria/Yemen/Egypt/Scotland/United Arab Emirates, 2013, 64mins, English/Arabic with English subtitles

SCREENING TO BE FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH DIRECTOR

After 10 years in Scotland, Sara Ishaq travels back to her childhood home of Yemen and takes her camera along. She hopes to feel at home in the place that was once so close to her heart, but the complications soon become clear. Outside the gates of her family home, people are protesting against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s authoritarian rule, and Ishaq and her family quickly become caught up in the movement. Ishaq contributes by acting as a local correspondent, sharing news with the international press. In this personal and touching film, Ishaq captures events in her own home throughout this tumultuous period, when multiple changes are afoot.

Tickets:http://ff.hrw.org/film/mulberry-house?city=5

Human Rights Watch Film Festival:Trailer

Website:https://ff.hrw.org/new-york

Copresentation of “Homs” at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014

RETURN TO HOMS
Talal Derki, Syria/Germany, 2013, 87mins, Arabic/English Subtitles
Friday June 13, 7:00 p.m AND Saturday June 14, 9:30 p.m

SCREENING TO BE FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH DIRECTOR
Filmed between August 2011 and August 2013, Return to Homs is a remarkably intimate portrait of a group of young revolutionaries in the city of Homs in western Syria. They dream of their country being free from President Bashar al-Assad and fight for justice through peaceful demonstrations. As the army acts ever more brutally and their city transforms into a ghost town, the young men begin to take up arms. The protagonists are two friends: Basset, the charismatic 19-year-old goalkeeper of the national soccer team whose revolutionary songs make him the voice of the protest movement, and Ossama, a 24-year-old media activist and cameraman. The close-up camerawork takes the viewer right into the city and scenes of grim battles in a deserted city soon replace those of lively protest parties in the streets. World Cinema Grand Jury Prize Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2014

Tickets:http://ff.hrw.org/film/return-homs?city=5

Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Trailer

Website: https://ff.hrw.org/new-york

 

3rd i NY presents “Winter of Discontent” with “Wooden Hand” at NY African Film Festival

African Film Festival, Inc. and Film Society of Lincoln Center Present
21st NEW YORK AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center
MAY 7th – 13th

“Winter of Discontent” with “Wooden Hand” Screening Times:
Wednesday May 7th: 4:30pm at the Walter Reade Theatre, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Sunday May 11th:
1:00pm at theWalter Reade Theatre, Film Society of Lincoln Center
Join 3rd i NY as we celebrate the 21st New York African Film Festival, presented by African Film Festival, Inc. and The Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival will take place May 7th – 13th at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center. To see the full schedule of events, you can visit the websites of African Film Festival,Inc. http://www.africanfilmny.org/and Film Society of Lincoln Center http://www.filmlinc.com
AFF will co-present the New York Premiere screening of the film “Winter of Discontent” in addition to the New York Premiere screening of the short film “Wooden Hand” at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 4:30pm and will include a Q&A session. Come out and show support for this incredible film!
Winter of Discontent (US Premiere)
Ibrahim El Batout, Egypt, 2012, 96m
Set against the momentous backdrop of the whirlwind protests of Cairo’s Tahrir Square that began on January 25th, 2011, director Ibrahim El Batout takes us on a compellingly raw, starkly moving journey into the lives of activist Amr (Amr Waked), journalist Farah (Farah Youssef) and state security officer Adel (Salah Alhanafy).
(Arabic with English subtitles)
SCREENED WITH
Wooden Hand (US Premiere)
Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia, 2013, 23m
Amira, 5 years of age, lives with her mother in a small apartment in Tunis. On the day that she returned to the Koranic school, Amira was dearly wishing to enjoy the few remaining hours of her holiday. She managed to find nothing better to do than to attach her hand to the chair with super glue…
(Arabic with English subtitles)
Tickets for the New York African Film Festival screenings go on sale April 17 at the Film Society’s box offices and online at africanfilmny.org

About African Film Festival New York

Over the last twenty years, AFF has offered year-round programming showcasing new and classic films to the public through a number of diverse productions. These programs honor AFF’s overarching mission to use African cinema to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of African arts, literature and culture; to develop a non-African audience for African films; and to expand the opportunities for the distribution of African films in the United States and abroad.


3rd i NY copresents “Winter of Discontent” with “Wooden Hand” at NY African Film Festival

African Film Festival, Inc. and Film Society of Lincoln Center Present
21st NEW YORK AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center
MAY 7th – 13th

“Winter of Discontent” with “Wooden Hand” Screening Times:
Wednesday May 7th: 4:30pm at the Walter Reade Theatre, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Sunday May 11th:
1:00pm at theWalter Reade Theatre, Film Society of Lincoln Center
Join 3rd i NY as we celebrate the 21st New York African Film Festival, presented by African Film Festival, Inc. and The Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival will take place May 7th – 13th at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center. To see the full schedule of events, you can visit the websites of African Film Festival,Inc. http://www.africanfilmny.org/and Film Society of Lincoln Center http://www.filmlinc.com
AFF will co-present the New York Premiere screening of the film “Winter of Discontent” in addition to the New York Premiere screening of the short film “Wooden Hand” at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 4:30pm and will include a Q&A session. Come out and show support for this incredible film!
Winter of Discontent (US Premiere)
Ibrahim El Batout, Egypt, 2012, 96m
Set against the momentous backdrop of the whirlwind protests of Cairo’s Tahrir Square that began on January 25th, 2011, director Ibrahim El Batout takes us on a compellingly raw, starkly moving journey into the lives of activist Amr (Amr Waked), journalist Farah (Farah Youssef) and state security officer Adel (Salah Alhanafy).
(Arabic with English subtitles)
SCREENED WITH
Wooden Hand (US Premiere)
Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia, 2013, 23m
Amira, 5 years of age, lives with her mother in a small apartment in Tunis. On the day that she returned to the Koranic school, Amira was dearly wishing to enjoy the few remaining hours of her holiday. She managed to find nothing better to do than to attach her hand to the chair with super glue…
(Arabic with English subtitles)
Tickets for the New York African Film Festival screenings go on sale April 17 at the Film Society’s box offices and online at africanfilmny.org

About African Film Festival New York

Over the last twenty years, AFF has offered year-round programming showcasing new and classic films to the public through a number of diverse productions. These programs honor AFF’s overarching mission to use African cinema to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of African arts, literature and culture; to develop a non-African audience for African films; and to expand the opportunities for the distribution of African films in the United States and abroad.


Nabile Maleh Retrospective

Alwan Film Festival 2013 Nabil Maleh Retrospective:

The mid-career director’s retrospective and masterclass provides audiences with an in-depth view of one filmmaker’s oeuvre as it pertains to questions of artistic production in a specific cultural context.

This year’s Film Festival Retrospective will present an expose of Syrian director, Nabil Maleh and his films.

Nabil Maleh is a film director, screenwriter, producer, painter and poet and is considered the father of modern Syrian cinema. He earned his Master’s degree from the film academy FAMU in Prague and has published more than 1,000 articles short stories, essays and poems. He is the writer and director of 120 short, experimental and documentary works and 12 feature- length films including ‘The Extras’ and ‘The Leopard’. He has been honored with more than 60 awards at international film festivals, including several lifetime achievement awards. Several of his films are in the curriculum of international film schools and he has taught film direction, acting, writing and aesthetics at many universities, centers and associations, including Austin University in Texas and the University of California in Los Angeles.

Mid-Career Retrospective, Director Nabil Maleh Filmography:

“The Hunt Feast” (2005) UK/SYR co-production (105 mins)

“The Extras” (1993) NationalFilm Organisation (100mins)

“Chronicles of a Dream” (1984) Genève /Ebla Productions (110mins)

“Fragments” (1980) National Film Organisation (130mins)

“The Progressive Gentleman” (1975) National Film Organisation (110mins)

“Ghawar James Bond” (1974) Private Sector (105mins)

“The Leopard (1972) National Film Organisation (115mins)

“Men Under the Sun” (1970) National Film Organisation (Triptych) (45/110mins)

“Rythym” (1970) National Film Organisation (Experimental) (5mins)

“Napalm” (1970) National Film Organisation (90secs)

“Crown of Thorns” (1969) National Film Organisation (45mins)

“Two Men and a Woman” (1965) Syrian TV (70mins)

“Dreams” (1965) Syrian TV (70mins)

“A Surprise” (1964) Syrian TV (70mins)

“Family Problem” (1964) Prague/ FAMU productions (35mins)

 

For more information: http://alwanfilmfestival2013.com

 

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Nabil Maleh Retrospective Co-Sponsored By

 

 

The Graduate Center-CUNY, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center

 

365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016 USA

 

MEMEAC’s mission is to promote the study of the Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans. Established in 2001, MEMEAC is the only center in the country that incorporates the Middle Eastern American experience into Middle East Studies.

 

http://memeac.gc.cuny.edu/

 

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TURATH, The Arab Students Organization at Columbia University

 

Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

 

Turath was established to foster community involvement of the undergraduate Arab population, to promote awareness of Middle Eastern culture, and to provide a voice for Arabs on campus. To that end, Turath hosts several films, musical and literary performances, social events, and much more each semester. 

 

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/turath/Turath,%20The%20Arab%20Students%20Organization%20at%20Columbia%20University.htm

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3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

 

 

 

 

 

1 – 1 = 1 Experimental Video/Art Progam at the 2013 Alwan Film Festival

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The artists in the Experimental Video / Art Program all wield the formal elements of video and performance to explore modes of engagement that challenge our passive roles as viewers. Repetition, and rhythm are utilized in these videos to reference or establish a logic that then folds in on itself or breaks down over time. Through generative strategies of entropy and poetic tension, the artists in 1-1=1 short circuit conventional narratives, and offer an experiential critique of different power structures and the forms through which they function.

- Jaret Vadera, Experimental Video / Art Programmer AFF 2013

Screening to be followed by a conversation / Q & A with Jaret Vadera, and reception.

Including works by:

Ali Cherri

Bessma Khalaf

Dina Danish

Haig Aivazian

Jaishri Abichandani

Malak Helmy

Mariam Ghani

Tejal Shah

Complete descriptions of each video at: http://alwanfilmfestival2013.com/experimental-films/

Advance Tickets Here

 

About the 2013 Alwan Film Festival

Using film to unify and bring together a diverse community, the Alwan Film Festival’s mission is twofold: To promote mutual understanding between the misrepresented communities of the Middle East & North Africa, and the public at large; and, To work against prejudice by giving filmmakers of these backgrounds a public platform from which to explore and articulate their points of view.

To date, Alwan for the Arts has organized a total of 12 film festivals at outside theater venues, and sponsored individual and thematic series screenings at universities and museums, in addition to its year-round monthly film series at its own space in Manhattan. Initially called the Alwan Film Festival, since establishing a partnership with 3rd i NY in 2007, for several years, it was for a time renamed the New York Arab and South Asian Film Festival. Partners have included: NYU, Columbia University, Deep Dish TV, Art in General, SAWCC, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and numerous ethnic community groups and activist organizations.

The Alwan for the Arts 13th Film Festival will showcase the best in recent features, documentaries, and shorts from North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and their Diasporas. Filmmakers from these regions are forging new film languages and styles, bringing both nuanced and sensitive depictions of everyday life, and extraordinarily creative visions. From documentaries that honor the perspectives of people whose viewpoints are rarely reflected in mainstream media, to highly inventive comedies, social allegories, and experimental videos, the festival offers NY audiences opportunities to engage with films and filmmakers that challenge our notions of simple categories such as “world cinema” and “activist media.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacred Music Festival Screening: Bab’Aziz – The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul

Presented in Collaboration with the Sacred Music Festival 2012, presented by Alwan for the Arts.

Since 2007, this annual festival has celebrated the sacred music of the greater Middle East, North Africa, and South Asian regions. Previous years have featured musical performances from an array of spiritual traditions, including Hindu hymns, Gnawan trance music, and chants from the Byzantine Church. This year’s festival focuses on Sufism, the mystical, esoteric dimension of Islam, as manifested in non-traditional and traditional musical forms.

Encompassing wide stretches of geography and time, these performances are unified by their invocation of the state of longing for spiritual union with the divine.

To complement these concerts, 3rd i NY was invited to screen a film exploring the theme of Sufism. We will be screening Bab’Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul, a haunting feature film about spiritual devotion among Sufis by writer and director Nacer Khemir, and featuring original music by Armand Amar.

Bab’Aziz – The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul / Bab’Aziz – Le Prince Qui Contemplait Son Âme (Nacer Khemir, Tunisia, 2006, 96 min, in Arabic & Persian with English subtitles)

Poetic and multi-layerd, Bab’Aziz – The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the latest film from Tunisian writer and director Nacer Khemir. The story unfolds as the blind dervish Bab’Aziz (Parviz Shahinkhou) and his granddaughter Ishtar (Maryam Hamid) cross the desert in search of the great reunion of dervishes that takes place only once every thirty years. Side-by-side, the old man and the child wander for days across wide seas of sand with only their faith to guide them. To entertain his granddaughter, Bab’Aziz tells an ancient story of a prince who abdicated his kingdom in order to spend his days staring into a pool of water in spiritual contemplation. As the story of the prince unfolds, the pair encounter other travelers, each with stories, quests, and mysteries of his own. Nacer Khemir’s enchanting film explores timeless themes of love, longing, and faith with powerful storytelling, breathtaking images and and haunting original music by composer Armand Amar.

 

About the Filmmaker

Nacer Khemir (born 1948, Korba, Tunisia) also directed Les Baliseurs du Désert (Wanderers of the Desert), which won the Grand Prix of the Festival des Trois Continents in 1984, and Le Collier Perdu de la Colombe (The Dove’s Lost Necklace), which was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Festival del film Locarno in 1991. In addition to filmmaking, Khemir is also a sculptor, storyteller, and published author.

3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

3rd i NY copresentation of Hors la Loi/Outside the Law at African Film Festival

If you missed our previous screening of Rachid Bouchareb’s Hors la Loi / Outsid the Law at Alwan, here’s your change to see it on the big screen, with filmmaker in attendance!

Film Society of Lincoln Center and African Film Festival, Inc. present the 19th New York African Film Festival. The festival is a two-month program that officially launches at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, on Wednesday,  April 11, 2012. Please join us to celebrate the best in classic and contemporary African Cinema.

To see the full festival schedule, visit  – http://www.africanfilmny.org/2012/19th-ny-african-film-festival/

To purchase tickets for the screenings at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, visit – http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/19th-new-york-african-film-festival

 

ABOUT THE FILM

Outside the Law / Hors la loi (Closing Night Film)
Rachid Bouchareb, Algeria/France, 2010, 138 min.
From acclaimed writer-director Rachid Bouchareb (Indigènes) comes this epic story–a 2011 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film–of three brothers who fight for Algeria’s independence from France following World War II. After losing their family home in Algeria, the three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina, Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France, and Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital.

A French gangster film in the classical mode, with coproduction in Algeria, Tunisia, and Belgium, Outside the Law represents a continuation of filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb’s mission of breaking the silence surrounding the complicated recent history of France and its ex-colonies. While the director’s excessively stylized idiom detracts from his reconstruction of the 1945 Sétif massacre, the act of collaboration among himself and the three lead characters represents an important step in the recuperation of collective memory for the second generation of North African immigrants residing in France; further, its self-conscious mode of presentation is redeemed by unforgettable performances by Jamel Debbouze, Roschy Zem and Sami Bouajila, the three faces of present-day cinema beur, united again after the world record-breaking World War II film Indigènes.

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About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

Our Sponsors

3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,  both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.