[Filmfestivalresearch] New York Forum of Amazigh Film

Habiba Boumlik hboumlik at lagcc.cuny.edu
Fri Apr 26 16:12:46 CEST 2019

Dear all,

This film festival is free and open to all. It takes place in New York.



The 5th edition of the New York Forum of Amazigh Film (NYFAF) on May 9th and 10th will showcase documentaries, shorts, and a feature chosen to explore the theme of Navigating Plural Identities of North Africa, which encompasses a variety of languages, ethnicities, religions, cultural practices, and artistic expressions.

Program highlights:

·     On Thursday May 9th, we will start at 9:15 with an hour-long session on rural Amazigh women's labor and self-perceptions. We will then welcome Dr. Daniela Merolla, an expert from the Sorbonne's National Institute of Oriental Languages and Literatures, and the Moroccan filmmaker Hakim Belabbes to join in conversation and help us discuss a short documentary on the Amazigh wedding ceremony. Our afternoon session features a powerful journey of return by a Dutch-Moroccan woman who probes her family's perceptions of gender equality.  Students can also enjoy Amazigh music and a reception before the evening session - Belabbes's elliptical and humorous feature, "Defining Love."

·     On Friday May 9th, students will participate in selecting and celebrating the winner of the Best Amazigh Short Competition.

Lastly, we are pleased to invite you to join us, our guest experts, and the Middle East Institute of Columbia University on the Columbia campus the afternoon of May 10th for continued conversation on Amazigh cinema and additional screenings. For details, please see program below or our website: www.nyfaf.com.<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.nyfaf.com_&d=DwIFAw&c=2tStSn3Yyb7CMXxZW9nuG-Sh-vz6mhnySBmFi7HdCsM&r=psA6jKKLt7K1ozapMVxq7WJK8EwxU6Yu2Uv7IsctleIoPxScnoYuLt7ZSmxV6DYj&m=Ohs3PTV2YEi9ZXon8vSvSu_JBf4Gto2j-QS5Tzzk724&s=9zzX5n-bC1g-sK5r65CQL2AEfZ-M79GaeU-xi_A4BFI&e=>

NYFAF 2019 Program

Thursday May 9, 2019
LaGuardia Community College, LPAC, Little Theater
Introduction to NYFAF

The Mountain's Echo: The Voices of Amazigh Women
Soufian Aaraichi, documentary, Morocco, 2015, 16 min
Q & A with student cultural translators

Call for Discussion: North African Plural Identities through Amazigh Film
Dr. Daniela Merolla and Hakim Belabbes, Moroccan Filmmaker

Amazigh Wedding in the Anergui Valley
Farida Benlyazid, documentary, Morocco, 2016, 26 min
Q&A with Daniela Merolla and Hakim Belabbes

2-4 pm
The journey of Khadija
Khadija al Mourabit, Documentary, Netherlands/Morocco, 2017, 71 min
Q&A with the filmmaker

Musical Performance: Kabyle Music


Defining Love, a Failed Attempt
Hakim Belabbas, experimental feature, Morocco/USA, 2012, 90 min
Q&A with Hakim Belabbes

Friday May 10, 2019

LaGuardia Community College, LPAC, Little Theater

Best Amazigh Short Competition - screenings, vote, and ceremony
No, Dimna Bounaylat, Morocco 2018, 18 min
Family in Exile, Fatima Matousse, Morocco 2018, 15 min
Afdis (The Hammer), Azro Magora, Libya 2017, 12 min
Lotos, Slim Belguith, Tunisia, 2018, 8 min

Columbia University
Cowin Auditorium, Teachers College

Syrine Said, Documentary short, Tunisia, 2015, 10 min

Roundtable: Amazigh Cinema with Dr. Daniela Merolla, Filmmaker Hakim Belabbes, and faculty and students from Columbia University and LaGuardia Community College

Anâaq (Migrating)
Mohamed Bouzia, documentary, Morocco, 2018, 60 min
Q&A with invited guests

Afdis (The Hammer)
Azro Magora, Libya, 2017, 11min

Zahra's Mother Tongue
Fatima Sissani, documentary, France, 2011, 93 min
Q&A with invited guests

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