Film Screening: Ouroboros by Basma Alsharif

Sat, April 29, 2017 2:00 pm at Whitney Museum of American Art

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Sponsored by Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY:

Ouroborosby Basma Alsharif

Feature Film | France/Palestine/Belgium/Qatar| 2017 | 77 min | Italian, English and Chinook with English subtitles

For film trailerclick here

Screenings will take place at The Whitney Museum of American Art on Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater.

April 29: 2 and 5 pm.

April 30: 3pm: Screening followed by discussion with Director.

Ouroborostakes its title from the ancient Egyptian mythological symbol of a snake devouring its own tail and paradoxically signifying both self-annihilation and infinity. In Basma Alsharif’s first feature-length film, she ambitiously expands the exploration of her earlier shorts of the contested geography and history of her native Palestine, paying homage to the Gaza Strip, upending mass-mediated representations of trauma. This allegorical narrative, journeying outside of time, is based on the eternal return and how we move forward when all is lost.

About the Director:

Basma ALSHARIF is an Artist/Filmmaker of Palestinian origin born in Kuwait, raised between France and the US.

Since receiving a Master of Fine Arts in 2007 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she developed her practice between Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, and the Gaza Strip.

Basma's work centers on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes, natural environments and history.

She works in cinema, photography and installation; major exhibitions include: the Whitney Biennial, the Palais de Tokyo, the New Museum, the Jerusalem Show, Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, the Berlinale, the Sharjah Biennial, Videobrasil, and Manifesta 8.


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: 2017-04-23 05:27:06

Ouroboros by Basma Alsharif
Ouroboros by Basma Alsharif

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