"For the past seven years Muhi, a brave and spirited Palestinian boy has been living in an Israeli hospital, unable to return to his home in Gaza. Caught between two worlds and two peoples, Muhi is raised in paradoxical circumstances that transcend identity, religion and the conflict that divides his world. His time at the … Continue reading Documentary “Muhi – Generally Temporary”
"The Arab Archive: Mediated Memories and Digital Flows," which took place over the past two days at John Cabot University in Rome, was advertised as an examination of "the political economy of the Arab Image" which "reflects upon the materiality, ethics, and aesthetics of filming, distributing and archiving post-2011." The workshop more than lived … Continue reading The Arab Archive: Mediated Memories and Digital Flows
A few years ago, I first learned about this project on Italian colonial memory called "Immaginari PostColoniali - PostColonial Visions".The project sought to establish "a large shared archive of everyday images and objects, an unconventional convention, exhibitions, performances and workshops in schools" about Italy's colonial history. I had a personal interest in this project because … Continue reading Whatever Happened to Immaginari PostColoniali/Postcolonial Visions?
‘On Arab Geographies’ brings together screenings of eight critically-acclaimed contemporary Arab films from across the region, as well as Q&A sessions and panel discussions on filmmaking in the region. The program runs from May 4-6. See the full schedule here. It is curated by Rabih El Khoury, who described it as a "travelogue": “This program aims to be a travelogue … Continue reading “On Arab Geographies”: Film Screenings in Abu Dhabi, May 4-6
Re:Orient in Stockholm, which arranges cultural events focusing on the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans, is celebrating Music Freedom Day as well as International Women's Day with their week long Revolutionary Voices program from March 2-8. The program includes documentary screenings, a couple of panels and a concert, featuring Rim Banna, Tania Saleh, Dina … Continue reading Revolutionary Voices, Stockholm, March 2-8
The “Here and Elsewhere” exhibition at the New Museum begins on July 16 and runs until 28 September. This exhibition of contemporary art from and about the Arab world brings together forty-five artists. The exhibition borrows its title from a 1976 film-essay by French directors Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, and Anne-Marie Miéville. Their … Continue reading Here and Elsewhere
The film Bukra Minshouf ("Tomorrow We Will See") by Lebanese-Japanese director Soraya Umewaka tells the story of Lebanon and art through ten artists, offering "a window into Lebanon's flourishing creative culture." Here's more about the film: A rock band's thought-provoking lyrics, a poet's description of time shrinking, an architect's experimental manipulation of space, and a … Continue reading Tomorrow We Will See
In a NYT review of French-Algerian choreographer Rachid Ouramdane's Ordinary Witnesses, the reviewer asked: What has dance got to do with genocide or torture? In Ordinary Witnesses, which incorporates innovative uses of multimedia and video testimonies and moves from interviews with survivors of genocide and torture to dance and contortionist movements, there is an exploration of what … Continue reading What’s Dance Got to Do With Genocide?