CinemaEast Film Festival 2007 Celebrating the Independent Spirits of Filmmakers from the Middle East, North Africa, and their Diasporas.
November 8 - 15, 2007
Recognized around the world for being a premier venue for bringing cinematic voices from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas to international crowds, the 2007 CinemaEast Film Festival selections continue to break new artistic and political ground. Culled from over 250 submissions, the festival program illustrates the diversity and artistic vibrancy of veteran, emerging and independent filmmakers, and showcases 12 features, 22 documentaries (long and short), and 18 shorts representing15 countries.
In a time of increased turmoil and misunderstanding about these regions, the 2007 CinemaEast Festival is more timely than ever. Breaking stereotypes and misconceptions, the film selections will provide rare opportunities for dialogue with filmmakers, actors and artists; building bridges through culture and art.
Featuring special festival presentation:
Beur is Beautiful: Maghrebi-French Filmmaking
Curated by Carrie Tarr as part of THE SECOND BIENNIAL CINEMAEAST FILM FESTIVAL
November 10, 11, 2007
Tinker Auditorium, French Institute/Alliance Française
The term beur is French inversion-slang (verlan) for the word arabe, and refers to the French-born children of North African (Maghrebi) immigrants of Arab as well as Amazigh and Kabyle origin. For the most part, this generation grew up in the concrete wastelands of France’s low-income housing projects in the suburbs (banlieues). While beur has been part of the European lexicon for more than 20 years, the term and the culture it describes remain largely unknown in the United States.