1977. Algeria. Assia Djebar. 115 min.
Sunday, November 11, 2012, 3:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1977. Algeria. Directed by Assia Djebar. With Sawsan Noweif, Mohammed Haymor. Featuring gorgeously composed tableaux and female-centered images unique in Middle Eastern cinema of the period, this timeless classic from acclaimed novelist and filmmaker Djebar is a searing, visually sophisticated critique of French colonialism and the patriarchal Algerian society that followed in its wake. Taking its title and five-movement structure from a traditional song, the film mingles narrative and documentary styles to tell the story of Lila, who returns to her native region after 15 years away. The film's initial personal perspective of "I" gradually expands into the broader "we" of all Algerian women, as the filmmaker gives voice to the history of her country through the stories of women’s lives. In Arabic, French; English subtitles. 115 min.
In the Film exhibition Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part III
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