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Press Releases Walker Cinema: January, February, March 2014

Featuring MNTV 2014, A First Look at the Stuart Hall Project, and the Exhibition-Related Series A Riff on the Riff: In the Spirit of the Cinematheque Tangier


MNTV 2014
January 2 – February 27, 2014
Screens continuously
Lecture Room

MNTV showcases the talent of Minnesota filmmakers in this three-part program of short films (documentary, animation, narrative, experimental). Co-presented by Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP/MN), Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), and the Walker. Program length: 60 minutes.

Program 1
Ned Abdul Needs More Retail Space Or: How to Say Goodbye to an Old Friend, Daniel Schneidkraut
The Man in the Booth, Justin Ayd
Getting Lost in My Own Art, Mark Wojahn

Program 2
Sister, Katina Petsoulis
Beaver Creek Yard, Laska Jimsen
Time Has Peeled Back the Skin of Things, Ann Prim
Keepsake, Forever More, Eric Groves
Ship of Fools, Emily Fritze
Sheepdog Wanted, John Akre
det., Darin Heinis

Program 3:
Tidal Wave Girls, Elizabeth Giorgi
Looking Past You, Jennifer Kramer
City Boots, Ryan Strandjord
6–8, Cadence Nelson
Invisible, Barbara Wiener

MNTV is made possible by generous support from the Jerome Foundation.

Directed by Michèle Collery and Anaïs Prosaïc
Thursday, February 27, 7:30 pm
Introduced by director Michèle Collery

North African scopitone performers, their families, and their friends are invited to a French café to watch the films they made in the late sixties and seventies. The reunions are heartfelt as guests recall that time in their life when, as struggling new immigrants to France, they created music videos filled with originality, poetry and humor. The films were rediscovered by Michele Collery and Anaïs Prosaic in the 1990s as part of the Davis-Boyer collection. 1999, France, in French and Arabic with English subtitles, 54 minutes.

Directed by William Klein
February 28–March 30
Screens daily
Lecture Room

The first Panafrican Cultural Festival took place in Algiers in July, 1969. This historic festival brought a global spotlight to African culture and arts, celebrating the liberation of African nations from colonial rule, and calling for the same freedom for the rest of the continent. Klein’s film captures the sense of jubilation of the moment and provides historical context for understanding a continent united in its desire for freedom. 1969, Algeria/France, in French with English subtitles, 110 minutes.


Directed by John Akomfrah
Friday, February 21 7:30 pm
Walker Cinema
$9 ($7 Walker members, students and seniors)

“A passionate, creative and vibrant tribute to cultural theorist Stuart Hall that should inspire further discussion and reflection on the world we live in.” —Katherine McLaughlin, ViewLondon

John Akomfrah combines archival footage, newly filmed material, a soundtrack by Miles Davis, and interviews to create a deeply considered portrait of Stuart Hall, one of the most influential theorists in Great Britain, and the founder of the Birmingham School of Cultural Studies. A film about revolution, politics, culture, and the New Left experience, The Stuart Hall Project celebrates a man’s life and work in order to tell a larger story about the twentieth century. A selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. John Akomfrah was a Walker Art Center Artist in Residence in 1993. 2013, DCP, 100 minutes,

The First Look series is made possible by generous support from Elizabeth Redleaf.


A Riff on the Rif: In the Spirit of the Cinematheque Tangier
March 5–29, 2014
Walker Cinema

Cinema Rif, a refurbished 1938 movie theater located in the heart of Tangier, is part of a vibrant community-based project by the artist Yto Barrada devoted to the history of world cinema and especially how Morocco is represented on screen. The Walker series “riffs” on Rif programming by bringing favorites of Tangier audiences to the Walker Cinema. Selected by Barrada, scholars Joëlle Vitiello (Macalester College) and Charles Sugnet (University of Minnesota), and Walker film curator Sheryl Mousley, the series focuses on films made in Northern Africa, or that tell the larger story of life in the African diaspora. Additional films from the Cinematheque Tangier play daily in the Burnet Gallery exhibition Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada, along with a Scopitone music/film jukebox with songs made by North African immigrant workers in France in the 1960s. Playing daily the month of March in the lecture room will be William Klein’s collaborative documentary on the 1969 Panafrican Festival of Algiers, a festival that hosted everyone from anti-colonialist leader Amilcar Cabral to Afrocentric musician Archie Shepp to Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver, and began the discussions that ultimately created Pan-African cinema institutions.

All films screen in the Walker Cinema. The Cinephile’s Special offers five programs for the price of three: $27 ($21 Walker members, students, seniors).

Directed by Moumen Smihi
Wednesday, March 5, 7:30 pm
$9 ($7 Walker members, seniors; $5 students)

The East Wind: The Violent Silence (El Chergui, ou, le silence violent)

With a cinematic innovation that still seems fresh, Smihi, who studied with Roland Barthes, offers a series of small, intertwined narratives to present Tangier on the eve of its 1956 independence. Aicha, whose direct gaze sears the camera, resorts to magical practices in an effort to stop her husband from taking a second wife. Around her, a society of women creates its own form of active resistance even as the larger independence movement grows around it. Through a structure of montage and opposition, Smihi’s arresting images present a society torn by the contradictions of colonialism, religion, patriarchy, and resistance. 1975, Morocco, in French and Arabic with English subtitles, 80 minutes.

Si Moh, the Unlucky Man (Si Moh, pas de Chance)

Shot in Paris after Smihi completed film school, Si Moh is an investigation of the life of migrant workers in France. Connected back to the Maghreb by postcards and to his fellow migrants by shared experiences of alienation, the character Simoh negotiates the industrialized suburbs of Paris as the subject of Smihi’s intimate camera. 1971, Morocco, in French and Arabic with English subtitles, 17 minutes.

Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
Friday, March 7, 7:30 pm
Introduction by Charles Sugnet
$9 ($7 Walker members, seniors; $5 students)

Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety’s 1973 feature debut has been described as a phantasmagoric mash-up of African oral tradition and European New Wave style, as well as one of the greatest African films of all time. A young cowheard, Mory, leaves the countryside for the city of Dakar, where he rides around town on a motorcycle adorned with a cow’s skull. Along with his girlfriend, Anta, he dreams of leaving Dakar for Paris, and the two fall into a series of petty crimes and cons to raise the money. Full of flashbacks, flashforwards, dream sequences, and comedic daring, Touki Bouki is a landmark film, and the new 35mm print was restored by the World Cinema Foundation. 1973, Senegal, in Wolof, Arabic, and French with English subtitles, 85 minutes.

Directed by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin
Introduced by Joëlle Vitiello, Macalester College
Saturday, March 8, 4 pm
$9 ($7 Walker members, seniors; $5 students)

In the summer of 1960 Jean Rouch, with sociologist Edgar Morin set out to interview Paris residents. Their opening question: “Are you happy?” Expanding to political issues like the Algerian War, the film documents these conversations, providing a sociopolitical diagnosis of the time and place. With this film the two directors coined the term “cinéma-vérité,” changing the course of cinema history. 1961, France, in French with English subtitles, 85 minutes.

Directed by Abdellah Taïa
Saturday, March 8, 7:30 pm
$9 ($7 Walker members, seniors; $5 students)

Based on Taïa’s autobiographical novel, Salvation Army, is a coming of age story about a gay man in Morocco. Sparse in dialogue and shot by the talented Agnès Godard, the film is in two parts: first chronicling Abdellah’s teenage years, as he navigates his sexuality and learns about the harsh realities of poverty, patriarchy, and adolescence. The second part follows the just-graduated Abdellah traveling on scholarship to Geneva, where his race and sexuality intersect and isolate him from European society. The film challenges prevailing victim narratives about both Moroccan society and queerness. Abdellah’s story doesn’t demand pity, but respect. 2013, Morocco, in French and Arabic with English subtitles, 81 minutes.

Directed by Med Hondo
Wednesday, March 12, 7:30 pm
$9 ($7 Walker members, seniors; $5 students)

Soleil O is the title of a song about the trials and tribulations of the slaves that sung it aboard ships heading towards the West Indies. Its message carries throughout this film that explores the struggles of Black immigrants in France. Focusing on an unnamed man who arrives in France with expectations of fair treatment and success, Hondo uses surrealist form and daring worth of Genet to expose the racist practices built into systems of housing, labor, and French society as a whole. But rather than being trapped by the pitfalls of victim narratives, Oh, Sun looks at how Black immigrants resist and survive. 1967, France/Mauritania, in French and Arabic with English subtitles, 98 minutes

Directed by Leila Kilani
Saturday, March 22, 7:30 pm
$9 ($7 Walker members, seniors; $5 students)

In Tangier’s old town, two young Casablancan girls, Badia and Imane, live their lives amongst the army of workers who inhabit the city. Peeling shrimps by day and working as sex workers by night, the girls make extra money by fencing meager goods stolen from their clients. Beyond Tangier lies the “Free Zone”, a symbol for global world sub-contracting. It is Europe on Moroccan land, on African land: close, tangible, yet accessible only to those with a work permit. Joining with two friends who work in the Free Zone, the four girls explore every corner of this new space and make it theirs from dusk to dawn; they never sleep and they don’t stop moving. The ‘palache’ or ‘board’ of the title is multifold: springboard, diving board, or pirate plank. The story of girls on the run, made of love, choices, shattered destinies. They are the protagonists of a film noir under the conflicting auspices of the dream of globalization. 2011, Morocco/France/Germany, in Arabic and French with English subtitles, 110 minutes.

Directed by Farida Benlyzaid
Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 pm
$9 ($7 Walker members, seniors; $5 students)

When Nadia, a young Moroccan émigré, returns from Paris to Fez, she is overcome by the voice of Karina chanting the Koran. A friendship develops between the two women as they decide to turn her father’s villa into a Muslim women’s shelter. Considered the first North African film to address social and economic changes, as proposed by a spiritual Muslim woman on a quest to preserve her cultural and religious identity. 1989, Morocco, in Arabic and French with English subtitles, 107 minutes.

Thursday, March 27, 6 pm FREE
Artist and filmmaker Yto Barrada present

The Walker’s annual Expanding the Frame series highlights artists breaking the conventions of filmmaking, and shows how the medium itself is being reframed in the 21st century. The artist Yto Barrada, whose work is in the Cinematheque Tangier exhibition currently on view at the Walker, discusses and screens her six short films Hand-Me-Downs, The Magician, Playground, The Smuggler, Beau Geste, and The Botanist.

Expanding the Frame is made possible by generous support from Elizabeth Redleaf.

Introduced by Joëlle Vitiello, Macalester College
Saturday, March 29, 4 pm
$9 ($7 Walker members, seniors; $5 students)

Statues Also Die (Les Statues Meurent Aussi)
Directed by Chris Marker and Alain Resnais

Beginning with the quote “When men die, they enter history. When statues die, they enter art. This botany of death is what we call culture,” this essay film pairs striking montages of statues and their spectators with a meditation on art history, and the ways and spaces in which African cultures have been consumed by white civilization. The film won the 1954 Prix Jean Vigo for its deconstruction of how colonialism affects the perception of art, but was banned by the French government until 1995 for said criticisms. 1953, France, in French with English subtitles, 30 minutes.

Afrique 50
Directed by René Vautier

Vautier was sent to West Africa to cover the educational outreach of the French League of Schooling. What was meant to be a tribute to the benefits of colonization turned into a scathing exposé of the French rule when the then 21-year-old witnessed horrible living conditions and violent acts committed by the Army in the name of his home country. Afrique 50 is considered to be the first French anti-colonialist film, and was banned by the government until the 1990s. Vautier was also incarcerated for several months because of the film. 1950, France, in French with English subtitles, 17 minutes.

Sand and Blood (De Sable et de Sang)
Directed by Michel Le Thomas

60 years after he made Afrique 50, the first French film criticizing colonialism, René Vautier is interviewed about his experience in West Africa, missed connections between civilizations, and his hopes for the future. 2012, France, in French with English subtitles, 27 minutes.


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Free to Walker members and children ages 18 and under.
Free with a paid event ticket within one week of performance or screening.
Free to all every Thursday evening (5–9 pm) and on the first Saturday of each month (10 am–5 pm).

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Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
Thursday, 11 am–9 pm
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Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada is made possible by generous support from the Bentson Foundation.

Yto Barrada, Still from Hand-Me-Downs, 2011

©Yto Barrada

Artist and filmmaker Yto Barrada

Photo ©Benoît Peverelli

Yto Barrada, Hand-Me-Downs, 2011 (film still)

Courtesy the artist and Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg/Beirut

View of the exhibition Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada, 2013

Photo: ©Walker Art Center

John Akomfrah, The Stuart Hall Project, 2013

Photo: courtesy Smoking Dogs Films

John Akomfrah, The Stuart Hall Project, 2013

Photo: courtesy Smoking Dogs Films

Michèle Collery and Anaïs Prosaïc, Treasures of the Scopitones, 1999

Photo: courtesy the artists

Daniel Schneidkraut, NED ABDUL NEEDS MORE RETAIL SPACE or How to Say Goodbye to an Old Friend

Photo: courtesy the artist