<em>The Pessimists</em>. 2009/10. Palestine/USA/UAE. Directed by Sama Alshaibi. Courtesy Selma Feriani Gallery and Lawrie Shabibi Gallery
  • The Pessimists

    2009/10. Palestine/USA/UAE. Sama Alshaibi. 8 min.

  • Ask Your Shadow

    2012. France. Lamine Ammar-Khodja. 82 min.

New York premiere of Ask Your Shadow

Sunday, November 25, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

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

  • The Pessimists

    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.

  • 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.