Image: Still from مهجر // Mahjar dir. Alia Ali
7 p.m. EDT Friday, March 19, 2021
Arab Film Series Online: 7 x 7 // 7 Artists, 7 Years
AANM, Arab Film and Media Institute, ArteEast, The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, The Department of Art History at Pomona College and Youth of the World Together, in total partnership, are pleased to present the public premiere of two short films by Yemeni-Bosnian artist and futurist Alia Ali:
Conflict is More Profitable Than Peace / 17 minutes / Experimental
مهجر // Mahjar / 14 minutes / Futurism
Immediately following the premiere will be a dialogue with Alia Ali hosted by AANM Film Curator, Dave Serio, addressing discourses on Yemeni Futurism in regards to nostalgic pasts, dystopian presents, and carving out spaces of radically imagined futures.
Marking the seventh year of the war in Yemen, this event will launch 7 x 7 // 7 Artists, 7 Years: a film presentation of short films by seven Yemeni filmmakers, that collectively push back against binary portrayals of Yemenis as victims and/or villians, and instead provide an expansive view on how Yemenis present themselves, on their terms.
Featuring the following films/filmmakers (these films are works-in-progress):
Carrom dir. Neshwan Sadek / 9 minutes / Documentary
Ozazah dir. Ala’a Hafed / 6 minutes / Documentary
Made of Gold dir. Saber Wasel / 6 minutes / Documentary /
The Last Resort dir. Noordeen Morgan / 10 minutes / Documentary
Scene 2 dir. Abdulrahman Alward / 21 minutes / Fiction
The Helmet dir. Osama Khaled / 9 minutes / Sci-Fi
Following the live premiere, all films will be available to stream for 48 hours.
Please note that some of these films may address difficult and sensitive topics, such as war, trauma and sexual harassment and may be triggering for some.
For questions, e-mail Dave Serio at [email protected]
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