Mapping Subjectivity : Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part III

MoMa, New York, 12 et 16 Novembre 2012, 16h : 8 films courts d’Ahmed Zir.

Projection d’une sélection de films courts d’Ahmed Zir dans le cadre de la programmation "Mapping subjectivity", expérimentation dans le cinéma arabe des années 60 à nos jours.

Eight 8mm Shorts by Ahmed Zir. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE 1979–2010. Algeria. 57 min.

<td style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;" valign="top"> An exquisite mixture of fiction, experimentation, philosophy, and delight in pure visuals, Zir’s 8mm shorts—more than 45 in total since 1979—have traveled to festivals all over the world, garnering prizes and cult status along the way. Zir’s exceptional gift for creating illuminating gems from the vast reservoirs of human life (mostly as lived on the margins in his native Algeria) skirts the edge of official cultural production to retain an authentic, uninflected, innocent-yet-sophisticated creative force. The films selected here all concern "history" in some respect, including the last, Image Passion Histoire, which compresses 130 years of French colonization in Algeria into an astounding 11 minutes.

Mélange exquis de fiction, d’expérimentation, de philosophie et de plaisir visuel, les films courts de Zir, tournés en 8mm- plus de 45 depuis 1979 - ont voyagé et été primés dans les festivals du monde entier. Zir possède un don pour créer des pierres précieuses à partir du réservoir de la vie humaine, principalement cette vie vécue à la marge, dans son Algérie natale. Ce don lui permet, de conserver une force créatrice authentique, libre de toute influence, innocente et pourtant sophistiquée. Les films sélectionnés concernent tous l"histoire"à certains égards. Le dernier, Images, Passion, Histoire, résume 130 années de colonisation française en Algérie en 11 minutes stupéfiantes.

Apocalypse Tomorrow
Film super 8 Ahmed Zir - Algérie, 1982

Nuages d’automne
Film super 8 -Ahmed Zir- Algérie, 1984

film super 8 Ahmed Zir - Algérie, 1979

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Third Edition Features 10 North American Premieres, 3 U.S. Premieres, and 4 New York Premieres

Mapping Subjectivity : Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part III
November 1–25, 2012
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

—The Museum of Modern Art presents Mapping Subjectivity : Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part III, November 1 through 25, 2012, in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. As in the preceding editions, Mapping Subjectivity looks into the region’s largely unknown heritage of auteur, personal, and sometimes experimental film, highlighting kinships in sensibilities, approaches, and poetics across generations and countries. Works selected hail from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia, and include film and video, shorts and features, documentary and fiction that reflect a diversity and richness of voices and visual languages. The exhibition is organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, and Rasha Salti, Independent Curator. Presented in association with ArteEast, New York.

Mapping Subjectivity : Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part III opens on November 1, coinciding with this year’s 50th anniversary of Algerian independence, with a screening of Damien Ounouri’s Fidaï (Algeria, 2012), a documentary recounting the struggles and hardships during the war as told by Mohamed El Hadi, the director’s uncle.

This installment of Mapping Subjectivity also features titles that are considered auteur classics of Arab cinema, such as Ridha Béhi’s Sun of the Hyenas (Tunisia, 1977) ; Mohamed Aboulouakar’s rarely screened Hadda (Morocco/France, 1984) ; several recently restored and digitized Super 8mm films by Ahmed Zir, shot between the late 1970s and now ; and Ahmed Bennys’s astonishing documentary/animation Mohammadia (Tunisia, 1974). Myth and music are explored with evocative imagination by Eric and Marc Hurtado (Etant Donnés) in Jajouka, Something Good Comes to You (Morocco/France, 2012).

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