April 2017


Arab Film Series - Beyond Spring

Thursday 27.04.2017 8:00 PM | Saal

Admission: €5

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Mayadin al Tahrir e.V. / EUME
Curation: Viola Shafik

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Arab Film Series - Beyond Spring

Rif 58-59 by Tarik el-Idrissi

Documentary, Morocco, 2014, 76 minutes, Arabic/Rif/French with English subtitles
Guest: Naoual Belakhdar



Between 1958 and 1959 the inhabitants of the Rif province suffered ferocious repression in response to their uprising against the creation of the new Moroccan state. In their eyes the centralist politics of the kingdom was destroying their grown political, social and economic structure. As a result fear has reigned in the Moroccan Rif for more than 50 years creating a strong taboo around the subject. Through interviews with eye-witnesses and archival material the film has managed to break this old taboo.





Naoual Belakhdar Naoual Belakhdar is a research associate, lecturer and PhD candidate at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics (Freie Universität Berlin). Her research interests focus on social movements and statehood in the post-colonial Maghreb and Mashreq, with a particular focus on political participation, protest and resistance movements as well as on collective memory, film and politics. In her dissertation, she works on the transformation of state-society relations in post-civil- war Algeria in light of social protests. Her latest publications include : « L’éveil du Sud » ou quand la contestation vient de la marge. Une analyse du mouvement des chômeurs algériens, in: Politique africaine 2015/1 (N° 137), and « Political Participation Beyond the Polling Station in Algeria. Insights from Tizi-Ouzou, in: Bouziane, Malika; Harders, Cilja; Hoffmann, Anja (eds.) 2013: Local Politics and Contemporary Transformation in the Arab World - Governance Beyond the Center. Series: Governance and Limited Statehood. Palgrave Macmillan.


Beyond Spring - Arab FILM SERIES


In 2010, the Tunisian protest movement triggered a wave of upheavals across the Middle East and North Africa that became known as “the Arab Spring”. However, there is also a history to tell beyond “Spring”.

Since 2014, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN has been highlighting films from several Arab countries as part of the Arab Film Series, with this specific selection of films curated by Viola Shafik. It aims at exploring some major social and political issues in the region and further our understanding of various dynamics in regards to class, gender and politics in general, as well as explore topics concerning confessionalism, social justice and the question of Palestine.

The screenings will be accompanied by moderated panels with academic experts from the Berlin-based research program Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME) at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin.




Viola Shafik, PhD is a filmmaker, curator and film scholar. She has authored among others Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity, AUC-Press, Cairo, 1998 and Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class and Nation, AUC-Press, 2007. She has lectured at the American University in Cairo and Zürich University and is in the selection committee of the Rawi Screenwriters Lab and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund. She has directed several documentaries, most notably Ali im Paradies/My Name is not Ali (2011) and Arij - Scent of Revolution (2014).

She currently teaches at Humboldt University Berlin, as well as at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.

An event in cooperation with Mayadin al Tahrir e.V. and EUME (Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe).




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