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MoMA

FILM SCREENINGS

  • Hand-Me-Downs

    2011. Morocco. Yto Barrada. 14 min.

  • Wanted

    2011. Morocco/UAE. Ali Essafi. 27 min.

  • In This House

    2005. Lebanon. Akram Zaatari. 30 min.

Introduced by Barrada. Program length 71 min.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • Hand-Me-Downs

    2011. Morocco. Directed by Yto Barrada. Barrada digs into her family history and narrates 16 myths based on unreliable narrators and unverifiable stories, illustrated with strangers’ home movies found at flea markets and archival films from the last half-century in Morocco. Courtesy of Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg + Beirut. 14 min.

  • Wanted

    2011. Morocco/UAE. Written and directed by Ali Essafi. Known as the “years of lead,” the 1970s in Morocco were marked by severe police crackdowns on dissent, with arbitrary arrests and detention and torture in secret prisons. To survive, a number of activists lived clandestinely. Essafi uses archival footage to tell the story of Aziz, a 23-year-old activist dreaming of freedom and democracy, who lived under an assumed identity for two years before he was identified and arrested. Commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation. 27 min.

  • In This House

    2005. Lebanon. Written, directed, and cinematography by Akram Zaatari. Ali Hahsisho volunteered with a radical communist group affiliated with the Lebanese Resistance Front fighting the Israeli occupation of south Lebanon. From 1985 until 1991, he and some comrades occupied a house abandoned by its owners, and when they received orders to withdraw from their post, Ali left a letter to the house’s owners inside a mortar shell casing he buried in their garden. More than a decade after the end of the war, the filmmaker decided to unearth the letter. 30 min.