Screening: TARFAYA By Daoud Aoulad Syad-Morocco (at the AAFSC in Brooklyn)

Thu, August 18, 2011 7:00 pm at The Arab-American Family Support Center

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Alwan for the Arts and The Arab American Family Support Center Present:

TARFAYA Director: Daoud Aoulad Syad / Morocco / France / 2004 / 97 min/ In Arabic with English S/T

Free and Open to the Public

Screening held in Brooklyn at AAFSC's location on 150 Court St. Subway: 2,3,4,5, N, R to Borough Hall

The beautifully shot, hypnotically-paced Tarfaya focuses on the torment of North African immigrants trying to slip into Europe. Miriam (Touria Alaoui) arrives in Tarfaya looking for the smuggler who is supposed to ferry her to Spain. But those seeking clandestine passage are always vulnerable, and everyone she meets seems duplicitous and deceitful. What little money she has is stolen, and help from the police chief (Mohamed Majd) comes at its own price. Miriam is courted by Hassan (Mohamed Bastaoui), but blinded by the mirage of a better life on The Continent," she spurns him. Like all those seeking safe passage, she will have to learn that much more than an expanse of water separates the Moroccan sea port from Europe.

About the Director
Born in Marrakech in 1953, he studied Physics in France before participating in the Film Workshop at the FEMIS in Paris. Having launched a prestigious career as a photographer, in 1989 he made his first shorts, followed by others in documentary format. He debuted as a feature director with Adieu, forain (Farewell, Travelling Player, 1998), winner of awards at the Casablanca and Montpellier Festivals. His second feature, Le cheval de vent (2001), screened at last year's San Sebastian Festival as part of the Amongst Friends and Neighbours retrospective, won the Grand Prix Hassan II at Rabat Festival.

Last updated: 2011-09-19 12:23:21

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