08.02.2015 - Hania Mroué, Irit Neidhardt, Youssef Shazli, moderated by Jean-Pierre Rehm
The past decade has witnessed a boom in filmmaking in the Arab world, which has in turn seen a marked return to the local art house cinema as a space of viewership, meeting and cultural exchange for both local audiences as well as in a broader international context. Noted distributors and cinema exhibitors from Beirut, Cairo and Berlin committed to bringing Arab films to local and international audiences will explore the current opportunities in and challenges to exhibition and distribution. This session will explore not only how local cinemas are reemerging as bustling hubs of alternative culture, but it also will examine the difficulties faced by distributors and filmmakers as they try to transfer Arab culture to spaces outside of the Arab world.
French film theorist, critic and director of the FID Marseille (International Film Festival Marseille) since 2002. He was a lecturer of history and theory of film and art, worked at the French Ministry of Culture and is an editor of Cahiers du Cinéma. He has curated a number of exhibitions of contemporary art, in France as well as in Egypt (Cairo Museum of Modern Art), the Netherlands (Witte de With, Rotterdam) and Japan (Yokohama Art Center).