South to South: programming films for/by ourselves

June 20, at 3 p.m.


Often, the experience of thinking, programming, and curing films that belong to the so-called Global South comes from negotiations bearing the expectations that the great European or American film festivals impose on what the territories of "otherness" are supposed to reveal. What happens then when this experience takes place only between people and institutions in the Global South? What changes in the conversations, curatorial proposals, energy circulating among people? With these questions, we launch this conversation circle.


Janaína Oliveira

(curator and researcher)

Mary Jirmanus Saba

(director of "A Feeling Greater Than Love")


Alia Ayman


Analu Bambirra


Carol Almeida


Janaína Oliveira is a researcher and curator who holds a doctorate in History, is a professor at IFRJ (the Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro,) and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of African Studies at Howard University, Washington D.C., USA. Since 2009, she has been researching black and African cinematographies, acting as a curator, consultant, jury, and panelist at several film festivals and film screenings in Brazil and abroad. In 2019, she staged the program “Soul in the eye: Zózimo Bulbul's legacy and the Contemporary Black Brazilian Cinema” at IFFR – International Film Festival Rotterdam. She was also a consultant of African and black diaspora films to the Locarno Film Festival (2019-2020.) Nowadays, she is a curator at the Encontro de Cinema Negro Zózimo Bulbul (Rio de Janeiro,) the FINCAR (Festival Internacional de Realizadoras/Pernambuco) and the Baobácine Mostra de Filmes Africanos de Recife. Oliveira is also part of the APAN (Associação dos Profissionais do Audiovisual Negro); is founder and head of the FICINE, Fórum Itinerante de Cinema Negro (; and is the 2021 programmer of the Flaherty Film Seminar (New York).

Mary Jirmanus Saba is a geographer who uses film and other media to explore unknown histories of the Arab world and beyond. Her debut feature A Feeling Greater Than Love won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival Forum. Her new collaborative films work at the intersection of labor politics, feminism and finance capital, aspiring to imagine and create new political horizons.

A Family Matter

Every family memory is a constitutive part of history, particularly when this family memory is also projected as policies of recollection and policies of erasure. This roundtable proposes to debate something that is not new in cinema, but has been intensifying and becoming more popular in recent years: films that tell stories from a very personal look at family narratives, told in the eyes and in the voice of someone who is part of these families.

June 13, at 3 p.m.



Aline Motta


Kawthat Younis

(director of "A Present from the Past")

Leila Basma

(director of "The Adam Basma Project")

Reman Sadani

(director of "Mouthwash")


Carol Almeida


Aline Mota lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a bachelor degree in Communication Studies at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a graduation in Film Production at the New School University. She combines different techniques and artistic practices, merging photography, video, installation, performance, sound art, collage, and textile materials. Her research seeks to reveal other corporealities, create meaning, resignify memories and elaborate other forms of existence. She has received the Rumos Itaú Cultural 2015/2016 grant, earned the ZUM Photography Scholarship of Instituto Moreira Salles in 2018 and the prestigious "Marcantonio Vilaça Award for the Arts" in 2019. She recently participated in groundbreaking exhibitions such as Feminist Histories: artists after 2000 - São Paulo Art Museum/MASP, Afro-Atlantic Histories - MASP / Tomie Ohtake. Her solo exhibition Aline Motta: memory, journey and water opened at the Rio Art Museum in 2020.

Kawthat Younis is an egyptian director. Her father was a film professor at Cairo Higher Institute of Cinema, one of the oldest film schools in the Middle East. As a child, Younis would attend his lectures and, once she became a teenager, she started gaining experience on sets. When she turned 18, Younis took on paid crew jobs, working for outstanding Egyptian directors such as Yousry Nasrallah and Amr Arafa. She rose through the ranks to become an assistant director. At the same time, she was studying film at Cairo Higher Institute of Cinema. Her 2016 graduation film A Present From The Past propelled her into the local cinema scene after it became a breakout arthouse hit.

Leila Basma is a filmmaker from Tyre, Lebanon. She holds a BA in Audiovisual Arts from IESAV in Beirut and she is currently based in Prague pursuing an MFA in Film Directing at FAMU. Through her work, she tries to explore the themes of coming-of-age, self-exploration and identity. She is currently developing her next short film Sea Salt and her first feature documentary Dance with Me with Abbout Productions.

Reman Sadani (born in 1995, Yemen) is a London-based Iraqi artist and a graduate from the Slade School of Fine Art. She is a multidisciplinary artist focused on film and moving image. Her narratives are often driven by a search for an exit. The physical toll of this constant search manifests in space and performance as the negotiation between the individual and the collective plays out. Recent screenings and group exhibitions include: Jerwood FVU Film Awards, Jerwood Arts, London (2020), Independent Iraqi Film Festival, London (2020), Whole Nine Yards (2020), Soundings, Raven Row, London (2019), A Night of Shorts, SET, London (2018), No Screening, IMT Gallery, London (2015).

Palestinianess: Body and Territory

Palestine is a territory and an experience that permeates bodies. It is composed of lived memories, which are felt, told and retold by generations that pile up and transit through bordered, multiple, and disputed spaces. In historical Palestine and al-shatat, the diaspora, the lived and narrated experiences reveal multi-geographic identities (Tawil-Souri) that, in constant dispute, weave together overlapping generations. The films and documentaries included in this exhibit reveal different subjectivities and experiences, inviting us to enter dark chambers of sensations and imaginations, real substances that reveal (im)possible forms of life. Palestine produces different regimes of subjectivities, generating protagonism and ideals that are often contradictory; life projects that sustain the Palestinian territory as a common ground. Thus, this roundtable elicits, from a historical perspective, a reflection on the entanglements created by the subjective experiences from the conflict in the Palestinian territory, through a focus on the female body. More than seeking ways to define the Palestinian identity, the aim is to question the different experiences that open up “ways of being Palestinian,” taking into account the tragic experience of the conflict. We seek to compose frames that reveal Palestinianess, ways of living and perceiving themselves as women subject to a history that often insists on erasing and confining them, based on a logic of silencing, restraining and condensation of their experiences.

May 28, at 2 p.m.



Mahasen Nasser Eldin

(director of "The Silent Protest: Jerusalem 1929")


Riham Issac

(performance artist and teacher)

Dina Matar

(teacher and researcher)




Daniele Abilas

(researcher and cultural producer)

Fernando Resende

(Fluminense Federal University)



Mahasen Nasser-Eldin is a Jerusalem born director. Her films tell stories of resistance and resilience in pre and post-Nakba Palestine. Mahasen graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C with a Masters in Arab Studies. She also holds a Master’s degree in filmmaking from Goldsmith’s College, London. Mahasen currently teaches Film Production and Film Studies at the Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem.

Riham Isaac is a performance artist who brings together a range of practices such as acting, singing, dancing, video. She      explores new mediums of live performance and multidisciplinary arts, creating visual spaces and video installations with integrated live performance. Riham has extensive experience leading and creating artistic projects. In 2017 she co-directed The Alternativity with Oscar-winning Director Danny Boyle & Banksy which was broadcasted      on BBC2. In 2016 she directed and produced I Am You, a multi-disciplinary performance that toured Palestine, Sweden & Denmark. In 2014 she performed a happing during Qalandia International Biennale 'Stone on Road'. Recently she presented her new work in progress Another Lover’s Discourse at AWAN Festival-Arab Woman Artist Now- in London March 2020 and is developing it to be premiered at Belfast International Arts Festival October 2021. She is an MA Graduate in Performance from Goldsmiths 2013. She is also the Founder of ‘Art Salon’ which is an independent art space in the old city of Beit-Sahour that brings different community members to the space to promote art practices and offer workshops for anyone who wants to be engaged in arts and exploring their creative self.

Dina Matar is a reader at SOAS and is chair of the centre for Palestine Studies. She is the author of What it Means to be Palestinian (2010); co-author of the Hizbullah Phenomenon (2014); co-editor of Gaza as Metaphor (2016) and Narrating Conflict in the Middle East (2013). She is co-founder of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. Dina works on political communication in the Middle East, political cultures, media and activism, narrative and identities, memories and Palestinian oral history.

Daniele Regina Abilas is an anthropologist, developed ethnographic research about traumatic memory, refuge experience, subjectivities in exile and dynamics of elaboration of transnational solidarity networks in Brazil and in the Middle East. In Palestine, she developed observational research along with glocal organizations and initiatives, which elaborate experiential spaces of production and promotion of affective grammars and the configuration of new subjectivities in the non-violent resistance. She is also a cultural producer, collaborating in the organization of artistic and cultural festivals in Bethlehem, where she lived for about four years (from 2013 to 2017). She is also a researcher affiliated to NEOM - Núcleo de Estudos do Oriente Médio, at Universidade Federal Fluminense.

Fernando Resende is a Professor at the Department of Cultural and Media Studies from the Communication Graduate Program at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF).