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Non-Aligned Film Archives present: a programme dedicated to Insurrectionnelle (Farouk Beloufa, 1972) + Introduction
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Zerda and the Songs of Forgetting (La Zerda et les chants de l’oubli / El Zerda wa aghani al Nisyan), dir. Assia Djebar, Algeria 1982, 57 min., Arabic & French with English subtitles


The Non-Aligned Film Archives is an ongoing project curated by researchers and archivists Léa Morin and Annabelle Aventurin in collaboration with Open City Documentary Film Festival. The project aims to create a space to share films that have been marginalised from dominant cinematic narratives. Each session revolves around a single lost work that is instead invoked through other films that have survived.

‘The inspiration of this programme is a censored documentary by Algerian filmmaker Farouk Beloufa: Insurrectionnelle (1972). The chosen films therefore act together as an invocation and a reconstruction of Beloufa’s unfinished work. Concerned with speaking out against colonial and/or capitalist violence, Santiago Alvarez, Ahmed Bouanani, Assia Djebar and Nadir Bouhmouch attempt to reappropriate identities and narratives in opposition to an exoticizing colonial gaze. They share a commitment to speaking from the people’s perspective. This desire to establish a popular narrative, in opposition to official histories, exposed their work to censorship, marginalisation and even erasure. 

These experimental essay films act as poetic and political audio-visual pamphlets that utilise the weapons of cinema to fight against colonialism, authoritarian regimes seeking to impose a unified narrative, and the resulting social injustices. In the face of this violence, the filmmakers present a cinema of evocations, sensations and audio-visual experiences that summon the traces of a silent popular memory and the breath of a possible insurrection.’
– Léa Morin and Annabelle Aventurin

Find out more about the Non-Aligned Archives and the films in this programme here
Programme:

Now!, dir. Santiago Álvarez, Cuba 1965, 6 min., English

Mémoire 14, dir. Ahmed Bouanani, Morocco 1971, 30 min., French with English subtitles

The Zerda and the Songs of Forgetting (La Zerda et les chants de l’oubli / El Zerda wa aghani al Nisyan), dir. Assia Djebar, Algeria 1982, 57 min., Arabic & French with English subtitles

Apartheid Casablanca, dir. Nadir Bouhmouch, Morocco 2021, 5 min., Arabic with English subtitles
With the support of CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership and in collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival.
 
08:50 pm
Tue, 28 Mar 2023
Cinema 1

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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