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ARCHIVE FEVER: Women’s Cinema from South West Asia & North Africa

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Coming to ArteEast’s Unpacking the ArteArchive platform in February! ARCHIVE FEVER: Women’s Cinema from South West Asia & North Africa
Online Screening: Feb 4-13
Tkts: Free/ $5 Suggested Donation
“South West Asia and North Africa, there are historical records of women’s cinema since the 1920s. However, a lack of state funding for archival projects, as well as factors such as conflict and war, mean that we often encounter these films only through written accounts. The films themselves are inaccessible, or more often damaged or lost.
Feminist history is subversive, and often excluded from mainstream historiographies. Since the 1970s, many women have made films about archiving practice, or their own cultural histories which have been erased from popular imagination. In more recent times, digital technology has become a mode of reconstructing stories in the absence of archival material, as well as a tool to undertake more ambitious restoration projects.
This film series includes a cult-classic from the archives, an essay film exploring the nature of archiving, and three experiments in transmission: celluloid, CGI, and the mosalsalat. They are examples of imagining otherwise, in a region where feminist histories remain on the margins.”
— Róisín Tapponi, curator and founder of Habibi Collective, SHASHA Movies, ART WORK Magazine, and Independent Iraqi Film Festival (IIFF).
Co-presented by ArteEast and Anthology Film Archives, and curated by Róisín Tapponi, this series is part of the legacy program “Unpacking the ArteArchive,” which preserves and presents over 17 years of film and video programming by ArteEast. In addition to the online screening at Unpacking the ArteArchive, the series will be presented in-person at Anthology from Feb. 4-9. For more info go to
Image Credit: THE NOUBA WOMEN OF MOUNT CHENOUA, dir. Assia Djebar