Mapping Subjectivity

Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part I

28 Oct 2010
22 Nov 2010

This three-part program aims to map the largely unknown heritage of personal, artistic, and sometimes experimental cinema from the Arab world.

For information on films and screening dates please visit the official MoMA PS1 site at : http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/films/1115

The time that remains - The Time That Remains. 2009. Palestine/Great Britain/Italy/Belgium/France. Directed by Elia Suleiman Elia Suleiman

In the 1960s, galvanized by a broader global vanguard of countercultural experimentation in poetry, literature, and theater, 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.

This first installment of Mapping Subjectivity is organized in clusters that reflect thematic and aesthetic kinship rather than considerations of chronology and geography, specifically highlighting intangible connections and conversations between works. Showcasing thematic areas that can loosely be described as “Mummies, Memories, and Mischief,” these films and videos—which hail from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Syria—range from acclaimed masterworks to the rare and recently rediscovered. Together, they are sure to inspire new ways of thinking about and appreciating modernity in art and cinema from the Arab world. All films are in Arabic with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted.