June 2018, arsenal cinema

Filmmakers’ Choice: Life between wars

MY FATHER IS STILL A COMMUNIST: INTIMATE SECRETS TO BE PUBLISHED, 2011

The films which were shot in Syria and Lebanon between 1979 and 2017 deal – from different perspectives – with the production of architecture and ideologies, as well as with everyday life during war and between wars. STEP BY STEP (Ossama Mohammad) observes male villagers in Syria who choose to join the army in 1979. MY FATHER IS STILL A COMMUNIST: INTIMATE SECRETS TO BE PUBLISHED (Ahmad Ghossein) depicts the civil war in Lebanon as an intimate portrait from his mother’s everyday life. The 2006 Lebanon War provides the backdrop for the films of Maher Abi Samra and Sandra Schäfer. Abi Samra films a rescue operation of trapped people during the  emergency of war itself. Schäfer observes the reconstruction of a Beirut district 10 years later. (ss) (11.6.)

 

arsenal cinema: Filmmakers’ Choice: Life between wars

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Step by Step

My Father is Still a Communist: Intimate Secrets to be Published

Merely a Smell

Constructed Futures: Haret Hreik

*Step by Step Ossama Mohammad Syria 1979 DVD OV/EnS 22 min
*My Father is Still a Communist: Intimate Secrets to be Published
Ahmad Ghossein Lebanon/USA 2011 Blu-ray OV/GeS 32 min
*Merely a Smell Maher Abi Samra Lebanon 2007 DVD OV/FrS 10 min
*Constructed Futures: Haret Hreik Sandra Schäfer
Germany/Lebanon 2017 Digital file OV/EnS 28 min

Presented by Sandra Schäfer
arsenal cinema: Anna May Wong – Star, Icon, Boundary Breaker

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Daughter of the Dragon

Daughter of the Dragon Lloyd Corrigan
USA 1931 With Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Sessue Hayakawa
35 mm OV 79 min
35 mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive