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ANDROMEDA

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MAY 26 | 10 a.m.

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JUNE 01 | 9 p.m.

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Jamila’s penetrating gaze. Have you ever gone through what I have? Have you ever sacrificed yourself for the sake of a revolution, of an armed uprising? Or else, have you ever found yourself in a place where you sacrifice either your job or your family?

We heard the chains breaking back in 1929. This time with no Perseus to save them – the Andromedas themselves staring Cetus. Embracing the “greater than love feeling” these films face wars, modernity, misogyny, and capital monsters without surrendering to “a hero”. Films that refused their “funerals without a corpse”, as Manilio puts it (p. 235); films that seek cooperation and empowerment through the collective, just as the Alcyones and Nereids had stood by the princess.

Andromeda is the “Marias, Mahins, Marielles, malês”¹ from the Mangueira Samba School anthem. They are the subversion of the oppressor’s tale; the chains do not require a messiah to unlock them.

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¹ [T.N.] A verse from the Mangueira Samba School 2019 samba-enredo song.

“Marias” refers to Maria Felipa de Oliveira, a descendant of slavery who led the resistance against the Portuguese in Bahia, in 1822;

“Mahins” refers to Luísa Mahin, an enslaved woman who would have played a role in the Malê Revolt, in 1835;

Luísa is mother to writer Luiz Gama. Lastly, “Marielles”refers to Marielle Franco, a Brazilian politician assassinated in 2018,

while “malês” refers to the denomination given to enslaved African Muslin individuals. In 1835, they led the Malê Revolt in Bahia.

 

 

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THE SILENT PROTEST: 1929 JERUSALEM

:AL-MUTHAHARAH ASSAMITAH: AL-QUDS SANAT 1929

(Palestine, 2019, 20’)

directed by

*available in all countries, exceptionally from June 19 to 21

age rating ALL AUDIENCES

SYNOPSIS

On October 26th 1929 approximately 300 Palestinian women from all over the country converged onto Jerusalem to inaugurate their women’s movement. This is what happened on that day!

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HAVE YOU EVER KILLED A BEAR - OR BECOMING JAMILA

(Egypt, Lebanon, 2013/2014, 25’)

directed by

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age rating 10+

SYNOPSIS

Have You Ever Killed a Bear—or Becoming Jamila is a video made after a performance whose starting point is an inquiry into Jamila Bouhired, the Algerian freedom fighter. The research focuses on the different representations of Jamila in film, and her assimilation and promotion during the 1960’s and 1970’s in the Egyptian magazine Al-Hilal [the crescent], which used to be a major Arab cultural magazine. The performance attempts to look at the history of the Egyptian socialist projects, the Algerian anti-colonial wars, and the way such actions  have promoted and marginalized feminist projects. Indeed, the clear gender division used to marginalize women from the public sphere was overcome for a short moment during the Algerian war of independence—Jamila becoming its icon.

The project raises the issue of what it means to play the role of the freedom fighter? What does it mean to become an icon? Between role playing and political projects, how does the constitution of the subject serve certain political purposes?

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HOLY DAYS

(Algeria, France, 2019, 40’)

directed by

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age rating ALL AUDIENCES

SYNOPSIS

“A man digs his own grave and, and as though to keep him from it, the elements and beings quiver." Such is the—ever so sober—synopsis provided by Narimane Mari. We can assess that the point is to record on the very screen no less than the entirety of lifespans: from the deadly outcome to the movements of birth, the former intertwined with the latter and, it would be no spoiler to say, the whole obviously tied by desire or love. With simple magic, and obvious faith in the power of a cinema without resources: like in Giotto’s work, we are all saved, including viewers. (Jean-Pierre Rehm, Fid Marseille 2019)

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LETTER TO A FRIEND

(Palestine, 2019, 43’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil

age rating 16+

SYNOPSIS

A close friend is asked to start an investigation before an inevitable act occurs. Interlacing images, textures, movements, traces, and sounds from over a century, Letter to a friend recounts in minute detail a home and a street in Bethlehem.

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A FEELING GREATER THAN LOVE

SHU’OUR AKBAR MIN EL HOB

(Lebanon, 2017, 93’)

directed by

*available in all countries

age rating 10+

SYNOPSIS

In her directorial debut, Mary Jirmanus Saba deals with a forgotten revolution, saving from oblivion bloodily suppressed strikes at Lebanese tobacco and chocolate factories. These events from the 1970s, which held the promise of a popular revolution and, with it, of women's emancipation were erased from collective memory by the country’s civil wars. Rich in archival footage from Lebanon’s militant cinema tradition, the film reconstructs the spirit of that revolt, asking of the past how we might transform the present. FIPRESCI International Critics Prize Winner at the 2017 Berlinale Forum.

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WHEN THINGS OCCUR

(Palestine, United Kingdom, 2016, 28’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil, from 10 a.m. May 28 to 10 a.m. May 30

age rating 16+

SYNOPSIS

When Things Occur weaves together Skype conversations with Gaza-based photographers, fixers, and drivers who were behind specific images that diffused from screen to screen in the 2014 War on Gaza. The film probes the face of mourning and grief—its digital embodiment, transmission, and representation.