DEBATES

RED MOON CONSTELLATION
Once Upon A Time in Beirut

Talk about the film "Once Upon A Time in Beirut", by Jocelyne Saab.

Michèle Tyan, born in 1972, mother of 3, is a Lebanese filmmaker. She is in the process of writing her first feature film Grey Glow. Her first professional experience in 1992 was to assist Jocelyne Saab as a trainee in production and editing of Once upon a time Beirut, The story of a Star” for more than 18 months .She has edited over 50 independent films that were selected in many festivals, and were often awarded. She has worked with acclaimed Arabic filmmakers and artists such as Ghassan Salhab, Mai Masri, Bahij Hojeij, Akram Zaatari, Jean Chamoun, Tamara Stepanyan, Zeina Dacchache, Reine Mitri. Michèle Tyan has directed two documentaries: Against the current,  selected and awarded in many festivals, and “In search of Emile Tyan. She is the co-founder of Djinn House Productions since 1995, overseeing the line production of feature films directed by Merzak Alwache, Randa Chahal,      Joana Hadjitomas, and Khalil Joreige. She was an editing teacher for several years at the University and is supervising the editing of cinema student’ diplomas.

Myrna Maakaron was born in Beirut in 1974 at the beginning of the Lebanese war. She got a French & Lebanese Baccalaureate at 17. Her love for film began in childhood thanks to her grandfather, one of the first Lebanese film distributors. Since the age of fifteen she has acted on stage and in films such as Once Upon a Time Beirut (by Jocelyne Saab) and Civilized People (by Randa Chahal). She studied filmmaking at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) and theatre/Arts of show at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and completed a 35mm film editing semester at the FEMIS University in Paris. Since 2002 she has been living in Germany. She was one of the talents invited to the very first Berlinale talent campus, which became today a major festival institution. Myrna was a film programmer and consultant for the Dubai international film festival (2005-2018) and the Beirut International Film Festivals (2010-2013). Pink is her debut feature that is currently in development and has been granted the script development funds from the Film Förderung Hamburg, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the Lebanese ministry of culture.

Fedra Rodríguez holds a bachelor’s degree in Languages, a master’s degree, and a doctor’s degree in Translation Studies from the Federal University of Santa Catarina and Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.  She works as a translator, screenwriter, writer, professor, and film curator since 2008. She is a researcher in the Literature, Intersemiotic Translation and Arab Culture field. She organized and collaborated in events such as the 1st Florianópolis Arab Film Festival, the Arab film society of the Badesc Foundation (Santa Catarina) and the 1st Contemporary Egyptian Film Festival in Brasília – Mohammed Klan Special.

June 26, at 3 p.m.

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Guests:

Michèle Tyan

(actress)

Myrna Maakaroun

(actress)

Moderator:

Fedra Rodríguez

(researcher)

RED MOON CONSTELLATION
Tribute to Jocelyne Saab

Mathilde Rouxel is a researcher in film studies and an independent curator, specializing in cinema from the MENA region. She published in 2015 the first undergraduate thesis about the French-Lebanese filmmaker Jocelyne Saab: Jocelyne Saab, la mémoire indomptée, and is currently working on the preservation of her artistic heritage.

Nour Ouayda is a filmmaker, film critic and programmer. She is a co-editor of the Montreal-based online film journal Hors champ. She is deputy director at Metropolis Cinema Association in Beirut where she also coordinates the Cinematheque Beirut project. Her films and writing research the practice of drifting in cinema. She is part of the Camelia Committee, a collective that explores hybrid forms of writing for and in cinema.

Fedra Rodríguez holds a bachelor’s degree in Languages, a master’s degree, and a doctor’s degree in Translation Studies from the Federal University of Santa Catarina and Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.  She works as a translator, screenwriter, writer, professor, and film curator since 2008. She is a researcher in the Literature, Intersemiotic Translation and Arab Culture field. She organized and collaborated in events such as the 1st Florianópolis Arab Film Festival, the Arab film society of the Badesc Foundation (Santa Catarina) and the 1st Contemporary Egyptian Film Festival in Brasília – Mohammed Klan Special.

June 24, at 2 p.m.

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Guests:

Mathilde Rouxel

(researcher)

 

Nour Ouayda

(curator, critic, and filmmaker)

Moderator:

Fedra Rodríguez

(researcher)

BELT OF ORION CONSTELLATION
Underground/On The Surface

Talk about the film "Underground/On The Surface", by Salma El Tarzi.

Salma El Tarzi is a Cairo-based filmmaker, visual artist and essayist. Since her graduation from the High Institute of Cinema in 1999, where she studied cartoon animation, she has worked across several fields within the film and television industries, including direction, production, dubbing and writing. She has since continued working in commercial cinema, predominantly as a producer, while simultaneously pursuing a career as an independent documentary filmmaker. In 2013, she directed her first feature-length documentary, Underground/On The Surface, which explores the local subculture of electro-shaabi music (also known as mahraganat) and won the 2013 Dubai International Film Festival award for Best directing.

Analu Bambirra holds a degree in Film and Audiovisual from Centro Universitário UNA, in Belo Horizonte / MG. Partner at Partisane Filmes, she works on the fields of executive production and distribution. She was an assistant producer at Anavilhana from 2014 to 2021 and, currently, after specializing in institutional procedures at federal level, she is a project consultant at Anavilhana. She is the curator and coordinator of the Arab Women’s Film Festival in Brazil.

June 19, at 2 p.m.

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Guest:

Salma El Tarzi

(director)

Moderator:

Analu Bambirra

(curator)

BELT OF ORION CONSTELLATION
Focus on Randa Maroufi – Reality as a Performance

*Available only from June 16 to 22

Randa Maroufi born in 1987 in Casablanca, Morocco, is a Fine Arts graduate at Tetouan (Morocco), Angers (France) and Le Fresnoy (France). Randa Maroufi belongs to this generation that grew up in an era dominated by images. She collects them with as much eagerness as suspicion, and ceaselessly questions their veracity. She prefers to put her ambiguous fictions in service of reality, and the field of her experimentation encompasses thepublic space occupation and gender issues, of which she highlights its founding mechanisms.She is currently living and working in Paris, France.

Clarissa Campolina is based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She has a degree in Social Communication (UFMG) and in Fine Arts (UEMG). Business associate at the production company Anavilhana since 2005, she was a member of Teia where, in partnership with other members of the group, she produced and created documentaries, installations, short and feature films. Her films circulated in the main authorial screening windows and were also screened on the commercial circuit in Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France and Portugal. In addition to being a director, Clarissa works as a screenwriter, editor, teacher and curator. She also participates in audiovisual projects related to theater and fine arts. She is currently finishing her third feature film Canção ao Longe and in research stage for her fourth feature A Fera na Selva, the latter in co-direction with Sérgio Borges.

June 16, at 2 p.m.

*(GMT-3 BRAZILIAN TIME)

 

 

 

 

Guest:

Randa Maroufi

(director)

Moderator:

Clarissa Campolina

(filmmaker and professor)

SERPENT CONSTELLATION
Mother of the Unborn

Talk about the film "Mother of the Unborn", by Nadine Salib.

Nadine Salib is an Egyptian film director and writer. She studied film directing at the IAMS. She started her career as an assistant director in feature films such as In the Last Days of the City\, directed by Tamer El Said. Her first short film Dawn won a prize at Baghdad Film Festival 2012. Her first feature length documentary Um Ghayeb (Mother of the Unborn), released in 2014, won the FIPRESCI for Best Documentary at Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize in the first appearance competition at IDFA.  Um Ghayeb was also awarded as Best Documentary at Afrycam Festival in Poland 2016 and has won the 1st prize for Best Documentary in Mizna twin cities festival in USA.

June 6, at 4 p.m.

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Guest:

Nadine Salib

(director)

Moderator:

Alia Ayman

(curator)

OPENING SESSION
Tribute to Moufida Tlatli

Talk about the film "The Silences of The Palace", by Moufida Tlatli.

Viola Shafik is a filmmaker, film curator, and film scholar. She authored among others Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity, Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class and Nation, and edited “Histories of Arab Documentaries”. She lectured at the American University in Cairo, the Zürich University, the Humboldt University and the Ludwig Maximilians University. She directed several documentaries, most notably Jannat `Ali-Ali im Paradies/My Name is not Ali (2011) and Arij - Scent of Revolution (2014).

Analu Bambirra holds a degree in Film and Audiovisual from Centro Universitário UNA, in Belo Horizonte / MG. Partner at Partisane Filmes, she works on the fields of executive production and distribution. She was an assistant producer at Anavilhana from 2014 to 2021 and, currently, after specializing in institutional procedures at federal level, she is a project consultant at Anavilhana. She is the curator and coordinator of the Arab Women’s Film Festival in Brazil.

May 19, at 4 p.m.

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Guest:

Viola Shafik

(researcher)

 

Moderator:

Analu Bambirra

(curator)