Screening & Discussion: London River, with director Rachid Bouchareb

Mon, December 5, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Doors open at 6:30pm

Suggested donation $5-$10 (no one turned away)

**We regret that Mr. Bouchareb can no longer stay after the event, so we have canceled the planned reception. However, there will still be an opportunity to ask him questions during the Q&A**

SYNOPSIS : Set against the backdrop of the July 7th terrorist attacks in 2005, LONDON RIVER follows Elizabeth (BAFTA winner, Academy Award® nominee Brenda Blethyn) from a small farming community in Guernsey as she travels to London in the immediate aftermath of the bombings after failing to hear from her daughter. Elizabeth is disturbed by the confusion of the metropolis and above all, by the predominantly Muslim neighborhood where her daughter lived. Her fear and prejudice escalate when she discovers her daughter was converting to Islam as she keeps crossing paths with Ousmane (Berlin's Silver Bear winner, Sotigui Kouyaté), a West African who has come from France to find his missing son. Although they come from very different backgrounds, Elizabeth and Ousmane share the same hope of finding their children alive. Putting aside their cultural differences, they give each other the strength to continue the search and maintain their faith in humanity.

Rachid Bouchareb is a Franco-Algerian director who started his career in 1977 as an assistant director for France’s state television production company, Société française de production (S.F.P). Subsequetly, he worked for broadcasters TF1 and Antenne 2. He formed a production company called 3B with his associate Jean Bréhat in 1988. Bouchareb began making short films in the 1980s. His featured film debut came in 1985 with Bâton Rouge. Since then his acclaimed films have included Poussières de vie (Dust of Life) (which received an Academy Award nomination in 1995 for Best Foreign Language Film; Little Senegal (which was shown in competition at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival; and Days of Glory, which received the Best Foreign Language Film nomination in 2006 and also won prizes at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival His film Hors-la-loi (Outside of the Law), competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It was the Algerian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards and was one of the five final nominees.

For an interview with the director, click here

For reviews, click here and here

Discussant Deana Nassar is currently the Hollywood Liaison of the Los Angeles office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). She was raised in Southern California where she received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and International Relations from the University of Southern California. Deana attended law school in Washington D.C. at Howard University and is currently and active member of the New York bar.

Deana has been active in the Muslim American community for over 20 years. In her capacity as the Hollywood Liaison of MPAC she engages various decision makers within the entertainment industry including Producers, Television executives, Distributors and Directors all in an effort to promote and foster nuanced and accurate depictions of Muslim Americans and Muslim societies.

She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.


LONDON RIVER premieres in theatre on Wednesday 12/7 for a full run at Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street, NYC 10003, For more information visit,, Facebook ( or @London_River

Last updated: 2011-12-05 15:01:05

Director Rachid Bouchareb
Director Rachid Bouchareb

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