An Evening with Laura U. Marks
dir. Khalil Al-Mozian, Palestine, 2012, digital file, 47mins. color
“Gaza needs cinema,” says Khalil Al-Mozian. This Gazan Cinema Paradiso looks back at the glorious days when the Gaza Strip had 12 movie theaters, now all closed or burnt down by religious zealots. Growing up in the Rafah refugee camp, Al-Mozian became a cinephile before he ever saw a film. His collaborators Tarzan and Arab, a generation younger, fell in love with the movies despite never seeing one in a theater. Al-Mozian packs all he can into this one precious film with manic performances, mises-en-scène that recall early cinema, exquisite cinematography, and exuberant montage. Meanwhile the film entertains an intelligent argument about the role of pleasure in an Islamic society.
Laura Marks: Affections
dir. Grahame Weinbren, USA, 2015, digital file, 25 mins. color
Filmmaker Grahame Weinbren will be in attendance
for a Q&A after the screenings
In this playful introduction to experimental cinema in the Arab world, the author of Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image aggressively interviews herself, asking the questions everybody is thinking. “This topic is so obscure—why do you care? Are you an Orientalist? Are you anti-Semitic?” Extracts from rare Lebanese, Egyptian, Moroccan, and Algerian works demonstrate the region’s creativity in tumultuous times.
This screening is part of a book launch of Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image, Laura U. Marks, (MIT Press, 2015)