In conjunction with the exhibition of her five-film Mafrouza cycle, Emmanuelle Demoris joins us to screen additional scenes that didn’t appear in the films, and to discuss her experience during two years living and filming in Mafrouza. Beginning with her first meetings with the neighborhood’s residents, Demoris recounts her method for capturing their stories and discovering each film’s particular narrative arc—a wedding, a flood, women’s dreams and aspirations, birth, and religious differences. Remarkable in its open-ended inclusiveness, Demoris’s Mafrouza project allowed for a particularly intimate view of everyday life in the neighborhood, not only recording but sharing residents’ lives without any preconceived interpretation. Demoris has created a complex, compassionate portrait of remarkable individuals and their extraordinary lives. The presentation concludes with a conversation between Demoris and Aaron Cutler, critic and Programming Aide, São Paulo International Film Festival.
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