Women’s Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran offers diverse representations by women filmmakers, documentarists and artists about a broad spectrum of concerns of various forms and contents. Through these different formats, the program highlights the often-invisible threads that exist between fiction, documentary, and how they all share and integrate specific concerns and discourses about contemporary reality in the Middle East and its diasporas. The selection criteria for this program seeks to recognize works that are deserving of being part of the international cinematic canon–films such as The Silences of the Palace, and La Nouba des Femmes du Mont-Chenoua. What makes many of these works outstanding is a particular ‘female gaze’; a strong sense of empathy or engagement is brought by directors to their subjects, whilst remaining at a critical juncture and not necessarily romanticizing the ‘woman’s voice’ as so many curated programs have in the past.
March 7 to April 29, 2009 – Berkeley, CA University of California Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive screening of “The Silences of the Palace” (March 7), “Salata Baladi” (March 12), “I Am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave” (March 22), “Memories of Immigration” (March 21), “Inch’Allah Sunday” (March 21), “Journey to the Sun” (April 3), “A Door to the Sky” (April 10), “Measures of Distance” (April 12), “The Kite” (April 12), “Replay” (April 12), “3494 Houses and 1 Fence” (April 12), “The Kite” (April 12) and “Persepolis” (April 29)