7:30pm screening introduced by Jaime-Faye Bean, Executive Director of ArteEast
Enjoy conversation, wine, and beer after both screenings
Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, 2006. 100 min. 35mm.
With Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, Meryem Serba, Abel Jafri, Ramzy Bedia.
In French and Arabic with English subtitles.
In this prequel of sorts to Wesh Wesh, Ameur-Zaïmeche reprises his role as Kamel, filming the French convict’s exile in a remote Algerian village where he encounters the stirrings of civil war and a budding singer driven to the edge of madness by her family’s rejection.
This groundbreaking second feature finds the director achieving his idiosyncratic style, immersing his characters in documentary scenes and honing his talent for a lyrical, allusive mise en scène that yields a riveting indictment of fanaticism and a privileged glimpse of life in the Algerian mountains.
“The beauty of the film is in the powerfulness of evocation.” - Le Monde
Jaime-Faye Bean is an experienced non-profit executive with an academic background in Middle Eastern language and culture who has lived, worked, and conducted research in Morocco, Jerusalem, and the West Bank. In her last fifteen years of working in non-profit executive roles, Ms. Bean has worked and volunteered with a number of institutions in the region, including the American University of Beirut, Al Midan National Arab Theater, and the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center. In her current role as Executive Director of the Brooklyn-based non-profit, ArteEast, Ms. Bean is working to promote contemporary creative expression of the Middle East and North Africa through visual arts and film programming and residencies, and to advance cultural discourse and exchange between the United States and the MENA region.
Fall Season Sponsors: American Society of the French Legion of Honor,Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Engie, FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), Florence Gould Foundation, Hermés Foundation within the framework of the New Settings program, Howard Gilman Foundation, Institut français, JCDecaux, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Office de Tourisme de Boulogne-Billancourt, and Pommery.