25.02.2020 - Nadir Bouhmouch, Mohamad El-Hadidi, moderated by Viola Shafik
Unleash the revolutionary potential of filmmaking. Challenging the oft-rehearsed idea that protests of the Arab Spring were a product of social media, Viola Shafik turns our attention to the history of collective filmmaking in the Arab world and argues that cinema has always provided a means of organising and voicing a community’s grievances. Her thesis, illustrated in the form of a brief survey, finds contemporary examples in the work of filmmakers Mohamad El-Hadidi and Nadir Bouhmouch. The latter’s most recent documentary-experiment Amussu is the outcome of a participatory process initiated by those portrayed, enabling the inhabitants of a fiercely autonomous Moroccan village to speak of their decade-long protest against Africa’s biggest silver mine.
Freelance filmmaker, film curator and film scholar. She authored among others Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity and Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class and Nation. She lectured at the American University in Cairo, the Zürich University, the Humboldt Universty in Berlin and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. She was the Head of Studies of the Documentary Campus MENA programme 2011-2013. Moreover she worked as a consultant for La Biennale di Venezia as well as the Dubai Film Connection and is a member of the selection committees of the al-Rawi Screenwriters Lab, the Doha Film Institute, and the World Cinema Fund (Berlinale). She directed several documentaries, most notably MY NAME IS NOT ALI and ARIJ – SCENT OF REVOLUTION.