Film Screening & Discussion: Narrow Streets of Bourj Hammoud by Joanne Nucho (Director in Attandance)

Thu, June 16, 2016 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY present:

The Narrow Streets of Bourj Hammoud by Joanne Nucho, Documentary, Lebanon/ USA/ 2015/ 75 mins. (Arabic with English Subtiles).

Followed by a Discussion with the Director.

Joanne Nucho's debut film is anexperimental work about the working class suburb of Bourj Hammoud in Beirut. It was initially built to settle Armenian refugees who had escaped the 1915 genocide in Ottoman lands.Today, it is a diverse district that is home to Lebanese of various sects as well as migrants and displaced peoples from Syria and all over the world.

Filmed over a period of seven years, the film examines the overlapping histories of displacement through interlocutors’ experience of urban space over time. Through an innovative practice of “map-drawing interviews,” participants were asked to draw a visual representation of the neighborhood that reflects something that has changed over time, or that is meaningful. The results of the map-drawing interviews shape the narrative of the film, which is anchored in the city’s constantly shifting values of quotidian urban infrastructures and the ways in which people variously experience rootedness and displacement through the materiality of streets, electricity cables, bridges and buildings. The result is a lyrical ethnographic reflection on space, time and material accretions of the past as narrated by longtime residents as well as recent comers to this city.

For trailer, click here.

Suggested Contribution: $10 & $5 Students & Seniors. Doors open at 6:30.

The film was made by anthropologist and filmmaker Joanne Nucho, (currently at New York University's Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies) through a collaboration with Lebanese artist Rosy Kuftedjian. The film received funding from an Fejos Ethnographic Award of the Wenner Gren Foundation.

For more information about the filmmaker or the film, go


3rd i New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is curated by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media artists 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.

3rd i 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.We thank Alwan for the Arts for hosting our monthly screenings series and to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.


Alwan for the Arts Film Programming is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Last updated: 2016-06-06 11:22:01

Bourj Hammoud, Beirut, Lebanon
Bourj Hammoud, Beirut, Lebanon
Bourj Hammoud, Beirut, Lebanon
Bourj Hammoud, Beirut, Lebanon

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