Fri, November 9, 2007 9:00 pm at IFC Center
Alwan For The Arts In Collaboration with Arteeast Film Festival
VHS Kahloucha, Tunisia, 2006, 80 min, DVCam, NY
Q&A with director Nejib Belkadhi $11 ($8 members and Senior citizens & children under 12: $7.50)For advance ticket sales, visit the IFC Center box office or www.ifccenter.com
Amateur Tunisian filmmaker Moncef Kahloucha is the subject of this documentary that rolls at least three films into one. VHS Kahloucha follows Kahloucha as he makes his latest feature, from buying props and casting parts, to shooting and editing, to screening and even renting out his own copies. His film, Tarzan of the Arabs, is indeed as humorous, imaginative, and action-packed as Moncef promises throughout. Yet at the same time, it is also an insightful portrait into the realities of the contemporary Tunisian economy, its effects on unemployed young men, women, fathers and mothers, and the promise and problems of escape to Europe.
Born in 1972 in Tunis, Néjib Belkadhi studied management and marketing at the Institut des Hautes Études Commerciales in Carthage. He made his first steps in film and theater as an actor in productions such as Habiba M’sika (1995), a film by Selma Baccar; L’École des femmes, directed by Mohamed Kouka in 1995; and Khottab al-Bab (1996–98), a TV series by Slah Essid. His first shot at directing was at Canal+ Horizons in 1998, when he conceived, produced and co-presented the show Chams Alik from 1999 to 2001. In 2002, he founded Propaganda Production with friend and accomplice Imed Marzouk. In 2003, he produced and directed the fake reality show Dima Labess for the Tunisian TV channel Canal 21. His first film was a short: Pics, directed in 2005.
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