Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now
Friday, 4 March–Sunday, 27 March 2011Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
This programme maps the intangible connections within the largely unknown heritage of personal, artistic and experimental cinema from the Arab world. Ranging from acclaimed masterworks to the rare and recently rediscovered, this series showcases inspiring films from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Syria. During the 1960s, galvanised by a broader global vanguard of counter-cultural experimentation in poetry, literature and theatre, filmmakers began to craft a language and form that broke away from established conventions and commercial considerations, ultimately clearing the ground for boldly subjective cinematic expressions. Much of the inventive, daring and formally challenging filmmaking at work today in the Arab world has its roots—both acknowledged and not—in this pioneering drive to experiment with narrative, representation and the production of images.
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Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema 1960 to Now is organised by ArteEast and The Museum of Modern Art in association with Tate Modern, premiering at MoMA Oct/Nov 2010 and curated by Rasha Salti and Jytte Jensen. Made possible through the generous support of averda.
The presentation at Tate Modern is supported by the World Collections Programme.