North African videos

Three shorts: Sabriya, by Tunisian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako, and Whispers (an experimental work in progress) and Boujad: A Nest in the Heat, by Moroccan filmmaker Hakim Belabbes (a student at Columbia College). I've seen Boujad, an intense and compelling 45-minute documentary about Belabbes?s relationship with his large family in Morocco. The highly focused narration, combining personal reflections with translations of statements by his parents and siblings, and the beautiful fade-outs ending every sequence are only two examples of the distinction Belabbes brings to his effort to explore on a personal and emotional level some of the claims and ramifications of Arabian patriarchy.

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