Film Festival: "Winter of Discontent" and "God’s Horses"

Thu, May 2, 2013 6:30 pm at Anthology Film Archive

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Winter of Discontent (6:30pm) and God's Horses (8:30pm)
Anthology Film Archives - Part of the Alwan Film Festival 2013

Winter of Discontent

Ibrahim El-Batout, Egypt, 2012, 94 mins (6:30 pm)

Set against the momentous backdrop of the mass protests of Cairo’s Tahrir Square that began on January 25, 2011, this film takes us on a compellingly raw and moving journey into the lives of an activist, a journalist, and a state security officer. Winter of Discontent poetically explores the anguish of a victim of state terror in 2009, presaging and intertwining with the pivotal events in 2011 that changed the face of Egypt. As the stories of the characters unfold, we are propelled headlong into the heady, often surreal atmosphere of terror and uncertainty that characterized the last days of Mubarak’s rule.

God’s Horses

Nabil Ayouch, Morocco, 2012, 115 mins
(8:30 pm)
Set in a slum on the outskirts of Casablanca, God’s Horses is a powerful drama based on the events leading to the Moroccan bomb attacks of 2003. Ayouch has crafted an original and moving adaptation of a best-selling Moroccan novel, The Stars of Sidi Moumen, mixing social realism with epic grandeur. There are three main characters that we meet as children playing football and follow them through the tragic trajectories in adulthood. Ayouch’s rich, aesthetic style conveys the texture of the quotidian lives of the slums, while the film’s sweeping highlight the fissures within society

About the directors:
Born in Egypt in 1963, Ibrahim El Batout started his filmmaking career in 1985 as a war cameraman. In 2005, El Batout made his first low budget feature film Ithaki(2005) reflecting on his return to his homeland. His second film Ein Shams (2008) won the Golden Tauro, the top prize at the 54th Taormina Film Festival in 2008. Ibrahim’s third feature film Hawi (2010) won the Best Arab Film Award at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival and premièred internationally at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Nabil Ayouch started his career as a scriptwriter and director with the advertising agency Euro-RSCG. In 1992, he directed Les Pierres bleues du désert, a first short film with Jamel Debbouze, followed by two short films, Hertzienne Connexion (1993) and Vendeur de silence (1994) for which he received international recognition. He won the Ecumenical Award in 2000 in the Montreal World Film Festival for his film Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets. His 2012 film God's Horses competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Screening of Winter of Discontent Co-Sponsored by freeDimensional

Screening of God’s Horses Co-Sponsored by
African Diaspora International Film Festival

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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.


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 partnership 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

Alwan's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2014-04-07 18:18:35

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