2012. Tunisia. Ala Eddine Slim, ismaël, Youssef Chebbi. 121 min.
North American premiere
Monday, November 19, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2012. Tunisia. Directed, cinematography, and sound by Ala Eddine Slim, ismaël, Youssef Chebbi. After the insurrection erupted in Libya in the spring of 2012, more than a million people flocked to neighboring Tunisia in search of a safe haven from the escalating violence. When a massive refugee camp was hastily constructed near the Ras Jdir border checkpoint in Tunisia, a trio of filmmakers carried their cameras in and began filming with no agenda. This on-the-fly chronicle of the camp's installation, operation, and dismantling captures a postmodern Babel complete with a multinational population of displaced folk, a regime of humanitarian aid workers, and international media that broadcasts its “image” to the world. Visually stunning and refreshingly undogmatic, Babylon reveals a rarely seen aspect of the Arab Spring. In Arabic, French, English; English subtitles. 121 min.
In the Film exhibition Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part III
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