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ArteEast is pleased to announce our new Unpacking the ArteArchive program


a two-part program curated by Peter Limbrick, Professor of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz and author of Modernism as World Cinema: The Films of Moumen Smihi.

This program addresses aesthetic and cultural experiments that emerged in Arab and North African cinema from the 1960s, experiments that showed filmmakers and artists responding to histories of colonialism and the challenges of the present. Drawing on local vernaculars and international influences alike, these filmmakers created radical forms that deserve continued attention and discussion as well as urgent efforts of preservation and recirculation.

FREE WITH RSVP / suggested donation $5:

RADICAL MODERNISMS: Part 1 October 14-17

A film screening accompanied by a live panel discussion based on Peter Limbrick’s recent book on the films of Moumen Smihi and on Arab and North African cinema within a modernist frame. Smihi’s films are remarkable for the way that they emerge from and reflect on contemporary Moroccan realities within a practice that is also rooted in broader cultural dialogues across the Arab world and with international cinema more generally.

Featuring works by: Moumen Smihi and Mohammad Malas

Livestream panel discussion: October 15, 12pm EDT

Arab Modernism as World Cinema: Moumen Smihi and Peter Limbrick in conversation with Tarek Elhaik

RADICAL MODERNISMS: Part 2 October 21-24

A film screening accompanied by a live panel discussion. The program includes treasures of Moroccan and diasporic Maghrebi filmmaking: a US premiere of the recently restored Ali in Wonderland, a film about Maghrebi migration and life in France that resonates with Smihi’s earlier film on this topic in the Smihi program; and two films by the Moroccan filmmaker Ahmed Bouanani: the recently restored “city symphony” film Six and Twelve and the radical archival essay film Memory 14, as well as Mostafa Derkaoui’s About Some Meaningless Events

Featuring works by: 

Ahmed Bouanani, Mohammed A. Tazi and Abdelmajid Rechiche

Djouhra Abouda and Alain Bonnamy

Mostafa Derkaoui

LIvestream Panel Discussion: October 24 at 3 pm EDT: Cinematic Archives, Preservation, and Circulation in the Maghreb 

RADICAL MODERNISMS: RETRACING ARAB AND NORTH AFRICAN HISTORIES is curated by Peter Limbrick and presented as part of the legacy program Unpacking the ArteArchivepreserving and presenting over 17 years of film and video programming by ArteEast.