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November 2018, arsenal cinema

Public Screening –The Harun Farocki Institute Presents

Ali Hussein Al Adawy, currently a Harun Farocki Residency fellow, has chosen LE CHARBONNIER/EL FAHAM (Algeria 1972) by Mohamed Bouamari (1941–2006). “Belka-cem, a former resistance fighter for the ALN (Armée de Libération Nationale, this military arm of the National Front for Algerian Independence), works as a charcoal burner and lives out a daily battle with nature. He transforms wood into coal and tries to sell it at the big village markets so that he, his family, his wife and two children, can survive. After gas is introduced as a source of energy, he loses his job and flees to the capital in search of work. When these attempts fail, he returns to his village defeated and finds his wife has switched sides: dreaming of independence, she has now started to work in the textile factory.” (Ali Al Adawy) (1.11.)