The Museum of Modern Art presents Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part III, November 1 through 25, 2012, in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. As in the preceding editions, Mapping Subjectivity looks into the region's largely unknown heritage of auteur, personal, and sometimes experimental film, highlighting kinships in sensibilities, approaches, and poetics across generations and countries. Works selected hail from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia, and include film and video, shorts and features, documentary and fiction that reflect a diversity and richness of voices and visual languages. The exhibition is organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, and Rasha Salti, Independent Curator. Presented in association with ArteEast, New York.
Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part III opens on November 1, coinciding with this year's 50th anniversary of Algerian independence, with a screening of Damien Ounouri's Fidaï (Algeria, 2012), a documentary recounting the struggles and hardships during the war as told by Mohamed El Hadi, the director's uncle.
This installment of Mapping Subjectivity also features titles that are considered auteur classics of Arab cinema, such as Ridha Béhi's Sun of the Hyenas (Tunisia, 1977); Mohamed Aboulouakar's rarely screened Hadda (Morocco/France, 1984); several recently restored and digitized Super 8mm films by Ahmed Zir, shot between the late 1970s and now; and Ahmed Bennys's astonishing documentary/animation Mohammadia (Tunisia, 1974). Myth and music are explored with evocative imagination by Eric and Marc Hurtado (Etant Donnés) in Jajouka, Something Good Comes to You (Morocco/France, 2012).