For their next film series, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is taking viewers to the world of Moroccan and North African cinema.
Beginning on Thursday October 10th, BAMPFA will be featuring the films of Moumen Smihi, a filmmaker, writer, theorist, and critic, whose work has been known to represent North Africa, while bringing the flavor of such authors as William S. Burroughs, Paul Bowles, and Jean Genet. His films mirrors the cultural and intellectual potpourri of Tangier’s fabled streets, while narratives open up into stories similar to ancient fables, yet resembling just about everything from the New York of Woody Allen to the Tokyo of Yasujiro Ozu.
Six films are featured in the Moumen Smihi series, with most of them created in the 2000s including the two installments of the trilogy of the filmmaker’s Tangier chronicles, A Muslim Childhood (2005) and Girls and Swallows (2008). Both of these films goes inside a person’s coming of age in the city known for it’s mixed bag of cultural and intellectual influences including Arabic and European. Also featured in the series are two of the oldest films including 1975’s The East Wind (Smihi groundbreaking debut)and 1981’s 44, or Tales of the Night (an illumination of 44 years of Morroccan history).
The film series runs until October 27th.
Log on to bampfa.berkeley.edu for more information.