Film Screening: Upheaval: Views of the Arab World

Wed, February 15, 2017 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts, 3rd i NY and the Museum of the Moving Image proudly present:

Upheaval: Views of the Arab World

Curated byMais Darwazah, Filmmaker & Guest Curator, Alwan for the Arts

The civil strife and upheaval that characterises much of the Arab world today are depicted in these three outstanding films from Egypt and Tunisia. Together, these dramatic and documentary featureshighlight the intense and profound cultural reality and visceral artistic representations of a people defined by geography, language and culture. The films probe contemporary debates on identity, economic inequality, social and political justice, as well as traditional norms.

Doors Open at 6:30

General Admission $10, Students and Seniors $5


Wednesday,February 15, 7:00 pm

Bastardoby Nejib Belkhadi

Feature | France,Qatar, Tunisia | 2013 | 106 min | Arabic with English subtitles

Bastardo is the story of Mohsen, ‘the bastard’, whose origins and history are unknown. He was found in a dustbin thirty years ago by his adoptive father and has always been excluded and rejected by the denizens of the rundown district he calls home. After being fired from his job, Mohsen, in cahoots with his friend Khlifa, places a mobile phone relay on the roof of his house for a substantial monthly payment. The tower allows the locals to have access to mobile phones for the first time.


About the filmmaker

Nejib Belkadhi’s career began in acting, starring in cinema and theatre productions as well as television series. While working at Canal+ Horizons in 1998 he conceived, produced and co-presented the showChams Alik(1999 to 2001) and subsequently co-founded Propaganda Production, an alternative and independent production company in 2002. His documentary feature,VHS-Kahloucha,screened to great acclaim at international film festivals including Cannes (2006), Philadelphia (2007), Sundance l (2007) and Dubai (2007).

Thursday, February 16, 7:00 pm

El Gortby Hamza el Ouni

Documentary| Tunisia | 2013 | 86 min | Arabic with English subtitles

This documentary follows the evolution of a group of young Tunisians working in the hay trade, tracking their movements and transformations between fragility and toughness, before and after the Tunisian revolution. The film is a six-year journey into the world of hay convoys, mapping the memories of a group of young men and told with uncompromising honesty and piercing modesty.


About the filmmaker

Hamza el Ounistudied film at the Institut Maghrebin du Cinema and trained at the School of Arts and Cinema in Tunis, where he specialized in writing and filmmaking. El Gort is his first feature documentary, which had its world premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Thursday, February 16, 8:45 pm

The Trace of the Butterflyby Amal Ramsis

Documentary | Egypt, France, Turkey | 2014 | 68 min | Arabic with English subtitles

What does a butterfly leave behind when it flutters in the air around us? How do we experience its ethereal trace? The documentary begins with the Maspero massacre in Egypt in October 2011, which left 27 Coptic Christian demonstrators dead. Among those killed was Mina Daniel, known as the “Guevara of the Egyptian Revolution”. Over the course of a two-year journey of loss and triumph, his sister Mary guides us through the Egyptian Revolution.The Trace of the Butterflyis the story of the indelible mark left by people coming in and out of our lives.


About the filmmaker

Amal Ramsisis an Egyptian filmmaker. She started her career as a lawyer, graduating from the Faculty of Law in Cairo in 1993. In 1992, she founded the Women’s Studies Centre, Maan (together), studying and analyzing the history of Egyptian women and their situation in society. In 2002, she received a scholarship from the Spanish Foreign Ministry to study film directing at the Septima Ars Cinema School in Madrid. Amal has made several short films and documentaries, including “Silence and Silver”, “Sea in Beirut” “Only Dreams”, “Life” and “Forbidden”.


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.


Last updated: 2017-02-09 07:05:46

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