Film screening as part of the Arab Film Festival 2008
The Young Lady and the School
Director: Mohamed Nadif
(Morocco, 2008, 10 minutes)
A heart-warming story of a young girl’s journey to start her first day of school.
The Yellow House
Director: Amor Hakkar
(Algeria/ France, 2007, 84 minutes)
This subtle and picturesque tale is as much an ode to the Algerian countryside as it is a simple film about a man's journey to keep his family in tact. When Mouloud learns his son Belkacem has been killed in a car accident while serving in the army, he leaves his daughter Alya and wife Fatima and embarks on a meditative journey across Eastern Algeria to bring back the body. Traveling through the majestic Aures Mountains, the obstacles he faces on his journey reveals the remarkable kindness and sensitivity of his countrymen in neighboring villages and town. Upon returning home and completing the necessary burial rituals, Mouloud finds that his wife has fallen into a deep depression. Determined to bring her out of it, Mouloud, with a heartwarming naiveté, struggles to remove her grief with simple gestures of his love. A poignant mix of beauty, loss and devotion, Amor Hakkar's beautifully shot film presents a sun-kissed Algeria filled with daily expressions of a dignified humanity.
This screening is part of the Arab Film Festival. For details on the festival, please visit www.aff.org
Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Arab Film Festival, Pan-African Film Festival
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