Around Town: Zizou by Ferid Boughedir

Sat, May 6, 2017 3:30 pm at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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Alwan for the Arts co-presents the New York premiere of Zizou by Ferid Boughedir as part of the 24th New York African Film Festival.

Zizou l Ferid Boughedir l Tunisia/France l 2016 l 99 minutes

In Arabic and French with English subtitles

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Please see NYAFF program for schedule and tickets.

Film Synopis:

In Boughedir's tale of an unlikely hero, young college graduate Aziz, nicknamed Zizou, leaves his village on the border of Sahara for the capital in search of a job. After he becomes a satellite-dish installer, interacting with people from all walks of life, he falls madly in love with a young woman who has ties to a mafia group working closely with the government regime. His quest to set her free becomes his reason for living, and he proceeds unconsciously into the growing tide of a revolution about to wash over Tunisia.

About the filmmaker:

Director, critic and film historian, Ferid Boughendir was born in Hammam Lif, Tunisia. One of Africa's and the Arab World's best known critics and author of numerous books, Boughedir began by making two documentaries about the new cinema emerging from these regions: Camera d'Afrique and Camera arabe, which were presented in the Official Selection at Cannes. His first fictional work, Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces, was screened in 1991 at Cannes to acclaim from critics and audiences alike, and remains to this day, the biggest success in Tunisian film. A Summer in La Goulette, in competition in Berlin (1996), also won many awards. A passionate lover of film, Boughedir became Delegate, then Director of the oldest Pan-African festival, the Carthage Film Festival. He finished Villa Jasmin (2008), co-produced by France 3 and Arte.


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 film screenings 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: 2017-05-01 07:03:50

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