Arab Feminist Films at State of Concept


As the world is turning right, and xenophobic discourse is taking centre stage, stereotypes and racist rhetorics on different cultures, religions and their constituencies are again coming to the fore.

In Greece, these rhetorics have accentuated from 2014 onwards, when large numbers of persons that fled war, conflict and climate disaster, or were on a quest for better living conditions, arrived at its shores. What has been mainly known as the refugee crisis, is however a condition, that is not new. War,conflict and financial crises have been for eons creating new waves of refugees. The (current) global migrant crisis, is the most tangible manifestation of a trajectory that has been slowly building since colonialism.

The role of culture in sustaining narratives that are based in concepts of equality, hospitality, solidarity and understanding, is now more urgent than ever. For this reason, State of Concept has decided to inaugurate a new program chapter entitled “Xen(i)os” addressing the problematics between the binary of guest-host, in a world that is becoming all the more xenophobic. It will further address the histories of hospitality, care and hosting, in relationship to the multicultural policies that have defined the modern West. The title derives from the concept of “Xenios Zeus” the hospitable god Zeus, but also from the concept of “xenos” (l’etranger, the stranger). We will be looking at otherness from a feminist intersectional perspective, stemming from both the local and the global.

As Greece is defined as part of the “Global South” we will be tracing "South to South" synergies that look into feminist forms of practice of hospitality, solidarity and care. One of the iterations of this trajectory is a new screening program entitled Arab Feminist Films.

Many artists and documentary filmmakers took the opportunity to tell the world about the social and political struggles that peoples of the Arab region have been enduring. The Arab Feminist Films program is a tribute to women from the Arab world.

The Arab Feminist Films - AFF is an initiative of State of Concept, which aims to become a festival staple event in the cultural scene of Athens.

Marwa Arsanios, Becoming Jamila/ Have you Ever Killed a Bear, 2013, video still.

Monday 7 October
18:00 Feminism Inshallah: A History of Arab Feminism (2014/ 54 min)
Director: Feriel Ben Mahmoud, Tunisia
19:00 Becoming Jamila/ Have you Ever Killed a Bear (2013, 25 min)
Director: Marwa Arsanios, Lebanon

Tuesday 8 October
18:00 The feeling of being Watched (2018, 1h 27 min)
Director: Assia Bouandaoui
19:30 Radiance of Resistance (2016, 60 min)
Director: Jesse Roberts

Monday 14 October
18:00: A Feeling Greater Than Love (2010, 94 min)
Director: Mary Jirmanus Saba,Lebanon
19:30: Records from the Excited State Chapter3: Lost Referents of Some Attraction (2012, 6:56 min)
Director: Malak Helmy, Egypt

Tuesday 15 October
18:00: Prêt-à-porter, Imm Ali (2003, 27 min)
Director: Dima El-Horr, Lebanon
18:30: Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001, 56 min)
Director: Mai Masri, Palestine, Lebanon

Monday 21 October
18:00: TAN (2017, 1h 10min)
Director: Elika Hedayat, Iran

Arab Feminist Films
07-21 Oct 2019

State of Concept
Tousa Botsari 19, Athens 11741
Wed - Fri 16:30-20:30
Sat 12:00-17:00
+30 2130 318576

✎ Text provided by the organisers

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