Screening: 3rd i NY Presents: Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) by Rachid Bouchareb, 2010, 138 minutes, French and

Wed, March 28, 2012 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Doors Open at 6:30 P.M.

Tickets: $10 at the door ($5 for Alwan members)

There were protests from hundreds of people and beefed-up security at the Cannes film festival when the first screening of the unflinching dramatisation of French atrocities against Algerians. Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law was in competition for the Palme d'Or but it has been condemned by some politicians (even before they had seen it) as historically revisionist and "anti-French."

Left without a home in their native land, three Algerian brothers (Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem and Sami Bouajila) split from their mother and seek out strikingly dissimilar lives. But fate won't keep the siblings apart, eventually summoning them all to Paris for a reunion. Director Rachid Bouchareb's momentous drama -- set amid Algeria's post-World War II fight for independence from France -- earned an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film.

Cast: Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Chafia Boudraa, Bernard Blancan, Sabrina Seyvecou, Assaad Bouab, Thibault De Montalembert, Samir Guesmi

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.

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About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers 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.

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3rdi 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 partnernship with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

Last updated: 2012-03-12 22:48:09

Outside the Law
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