Ask Your Shadow
2012. France. Lamine Ammar-Khodja. 82 min.
2009/10. Palestine/USA/UAE. Sama Alshaibi. 8 min.
New York premiere of Ask Your Shadow; Lamine Ammar-Khodja present
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Ask Your Shadow
2012. France. Directed by Lamine Ammar-Khodja. The filmmaker returns to Algeria after eight years living in France. Much has changed, and since he arrives on January 6, 2011, just as major riots break out in Algiers, he finds his own questions and concerns echoed in the demonstrations and gatherings—both public and private—to which he brings his camera. Ammar-Khodja's chronological diary-film is intimate, immediate, visceral—and unexpectedly funny. The film documents not only the recent political past of the country, but also the psychological difficulties of "going home again." Ammar-Khodja's mix of genres, grand flourishes, and stylistic touches identifies him as a questioning, searching soul and a talented filmmaker. In Arabic, French; English subtitles. 82 min.
2009/10. Palestine/USA/UAE. Directed by Sama Alshaibi. The Pessimists is a series of videos (Chicken, Sissy, and Sweep) that invites contemplation on the invisible forces policing people's behavior. The "pessimists" control one another by planting doubt, worry, and fear—gestures that often engender stagnation. 8 min.
In the Film exhibition Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part III
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