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BELT OF ORION

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JUNE 16 | 10 a.m.

(GMT-3 BRAZILIAN TIME)

watch until
JUNE 23 | 9 p.m.

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Giant as the production structure in Ceuta’s Gate, Orion holds the greatness of hunt and his objectives. His arms embrace a great share of the sky, just as Domestic Tourism embraces tens of Egyptians productions and She Had a Dream dives into the political saga of a young Tunisian woman.

Huge as the Oka&Ortega audience and fearless as the The Wall film crew. Orion does not believe that trying to catch Roger Waters’ attention is a lesser of a dream. Orion is not bothered by the young desire of making a revolution. What is wrong with wanting something big? Why do goals have to be small? 

Orion puts its body on the hunt. It knows how to protect himself. It does everything it can to prove it is capable because it is thirsty for victory. Thirsty, if turned into gluttony, sinks the political movement, backfires, hope becomes deceit and disappointment. Knowing how to use its pride, it will achieve what it wants.

This program has a focus on filmmaker Randa Maroufi. As if she were assembling a frame, the mise en scène happens through the lines that looks and simple gestures trace. These are very well elaborated compositions and, feeling as time had stopped, we follow reenactments that deal very directly with displacement, belongingness, and exile issues. To what extend may these traces and gestures be considered documental? Where does the performance end, and where does the image objectification/fetishization start?

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74 (THE RECONSTITUTION OF A STRUGGLE)

74 (ISTIAADAT LI NIDAL)

(Lebanon, 2012, 100’)

directed by

Raed Rafei

*available only from 10 a.m. June 18 to 10 a.m. June 20

age rating 14+

SYNOPSIS

1974: Students demonstrate against a tuition increase at the American University of Beirut. For 37 days, they occupied university offices. Using the Lebanese student revolt of 1974 as their starting point, the filmmakers Rania and Raed Rafei direct an absorbing documentary on the core issues of revolution and democracy. In addition to a meticulous re-enactment, they include theatrical improvisations in which today's activists interpret the student leaders’ actions in ’74.

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DOMESTIC TOURISM II

سياحة داخلية ٢

(Egypt, 2009, 62’)

directed by

*available in all countries

age rating ALL AUDIENCES

SYNOPSIS

Making use of scenes exclusively from Egyptian feature films that use the Giza Pyramids as a backdrop, Domestic Tourism II explores the ways in which these iconic historical monuments, and by extension Egypt, are re-appropriated from the “timelessness” of the touristic postcard and re-inscribed, through filmic narrative, into the complex contemporary political, social, and urban realities.

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SHE HAD A DREAM

GHOFRANE ET LES PROMESSES DU PRINTEMPS

(France, 2020, 90’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil

age rating 12+

SYNOPSIS

Ghofrane, 25, is a young black woman. As a committed activist who speaks her mind, she  embodies Tunisia’s current political upheaval. As a victim of racial discrimination,  Ghofrane decides to go into politics. We follow her extraordinary path, ranging from  acting on her ambition to disillusion. Through her attempts to persuade both her close friends and complete strangers to vote for her, her campaign reveals the many faces  of a country seeking to forge a new identity.  In its own unique way, this documentary sheds light on women’s place in Tunisia’s changing society.

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THE WALL

الجدار

(Lebanon, 2020, 28’)

directed by

*available in all countries

age rating 10+

SYNOPSIS

Four young refugees plan to produce a film about Shatila Camp that should convince Roger Waters, the lead singer of Pink Floyd, to visit their camp and perform there. The film follows their hilarious and sometimes dangerous adventures, uncovering the complex layers of living as a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon.

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UNDERGROUND/ON THE SURFACE

ELI BEYHEB RABENA YERFA EIDO LEFO2 (IF YOU LOVE GOD RAISE YOUR HAND)

(Egypt, 2013, 70’)

directed by

*available in all countries

age rating 12+

SYNOPSIS

Mahraganat is a relatively new genre of underground Egyptian electronic music that was born in the most popular neighborhoods of Cairo around 2007 and spread wildly in the following three years, despite being snubbed and rejected by the  mainstream media. However, this genre is starting to gain a new fan base among upper and middle class youth and some even made it to international festivals. Will Mahraganat music overcome the obstacles and become accepted by the mainstream despite the classist war waged against it? And at what price?

FOCUS ON RANDA MAROUFI
Reality as Performance

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CEUTA’S GATE

BAB SEPTA 

(Morocco, France, 2019, 20’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil

age rating 10+

SYNOPSIS

Bab Septa (Ceuta’s Gate) consists of a series of reconstructed situations based on observations on the border of Ceuta, a Spanish enclave on Moroccan soil, providing the scene for an intense trafficking of manufactured goods, sold at discount prices. Every day, thousands of people work there.

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BARBÈS

 

(Morocco, France, 2019, 20’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil

age rating 10+

SYNOPSIS

Women «intruders» occupy—the time of a mise-en-scène—the public space. They take on the same gestures and the same postures as those of men in such places: they play cards or watch a football match, without caring about the passage of time. They occupy the terraces and expose themselves in the strangeness of a public space of exclusion—that of gender.

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STAND-BY OFFICE

(France, Lebanon, 2017, 13’)

directed by

*available only in Brazil

age rating 10+

SYNOPSIS

We are introduced to a group of people within an office environment where  work gestures are observed throughout the building everyday. Nothing seems out of place. As the camera leads us steadily through the rooms, our perception of this particular space gradually changes. We are left wondering: what does this office mean to this group of people?