Shasha Movies presents: Two Films by Izza Génini

Shasha Movies presents: Two Films by Izza Génini

Izza Génini, Aïta (still), 1988.

Shasha Movies presents: Two Films by Izza Génini

Admission starts at $5

July 7, 2022, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Thursday, July 7 at 7pm for the screening of Return to Oualad Moumen (1944, 48 minutes) and Aïta (1988, 26 minutes) by Moroccan filmmaker Izza Génini, curated and introduced by Shasha Movies’ Róisín Tapponi

A pioneer of Moroccan cinema, Génini  specializes in narrative documentaries. Her films explore diasporic identity and traditional Moroccan history, with a focus on the region’s music. Shasha Movies is thrilled to honor Izza Génini in this event organized in partnership with e-flux Screening Room, and welcomes everyone to visit the Shasha Movies website, where Génini’s whole filmography will stream globally from June 1 to July 31.

Return to Oualad Moumen (1944, 48 minutes)
In south Marrakesh amidst the olive groves lies the village of Oulad Moumen where Habiba and Yossef Edery began their family in the 1920s. Director Génini, the youngest of the nine Edery children, organized a family reunion in 1992 to bring her family (now dispersed geographically and culturally) together in the place where is all began. Fifty members of the family came from Morocco, France, America, Canada, Mexico, Italy, and Israel to Oulad Moumen to learn of the dynasty’s origins. Genini melds the family reunion with archival photos, giving both a personal view of a Sephardic family and a historical picture of Jewish-Arabic-Berber coexistence in Oulad Moumen.

Aïta (1988, 26 minutes)
Interpreted by cheikhate (female traveling musicians), aïta is the cry that becomes song, song which becomes call: cry to pain, call to memory, call to transcendence. The aïta is a cry of love and hope. With Moroccan cheikha Fatna Bent El Hocine and her troupe Oulad Ben Aguida.

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Izza Génini was born in Casablanca in 1942, and lives in France since 1960. Since 1987, Izza Génini has conceived, written, and directed ”Morocco Body and Soul,” a collection of documentary films dealing with different aspects of Moroccan culture and society.

Róisín Tapponi is a film curator, programmer, writer, and PhD scholar. She is the founder of Habibi Collective, Independent Iraqi Film Festival (IIFF), ART WORK Magazine, and Shasha Movies, the world’s first independent streaming service for South-West Asian and North African cinema. She is Assyrian Iraqi-Irish and based between London and NYC.

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