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3rd i NY and Alwan for the Arts Collaborative Monthly Film & Video Series presents

0712 Tarfaya


Moroccan Feature Film

Tuesday, December 18th @ 7pm
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A)
Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker

Tickets: $10 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members

About the Film

Director: Daoud Aoulad Syad / Morocco / France / 2004 / 97 min/ In Arabic with English S/T

The beautifully shot, hypnotically-paced Tarfaya focuses on the torment of North African immigrants trying to slip into Europe. Miriam (Touria Alaoui) arrives in Tarfaya looking for the smuggler who is supposed to ferry her to Spain. But those seeking clandestine passage are always vulnerable, and everyone she meets seems duplicitous and deceitful. What little money she has is stolen, and help from the police chief (Mohamed Majd) comes at its own price. Miriam is courted by Hassan (Mohamed Bastaoui), but blinded by the mirage of a better life on The Continent," she spurns him. Like all those seeking safe passage, she will have to learn that much more than an expanse of water separates the Moroccan sea port from Europe.

About the Director

Born in Marrakech in 1953, he studied Physics in France before participating in the Film Workshop at the FEMIS in Paris. Having launched a prestigious career as a photographer, in 1989 he made his first shorts, followed by others in documentary format. He debuted as a feature director with Adieu, forain (Farewell, Travelling Player, 1998), winner of awards at the Casablanca and Montpellier Festivals. His second feature, Le cheval de vent (2001), screened at last year's San Sebastian Festival as part of the "Amongst Friends and Neighbours" retrospective, won the Grand Prix Hassan II at Rabat Festival.

About Alwan for the Arts. Alwan for the Arts serves the Middle East and North African population and educates the broader community by providing access to the range of Middle Eastern and North African arts; thereby enriching the cross-cultural and artistic encounter. Since 1998, Alwan for the Arts has played a leading role in promoting the diverse cultures of the Middle East and North Africa in New York City. It organized film festivals and screenings, book/poetry readings and signings, lectures and conferences, art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances, and language and literature classes. In 2003, Alwan established a center in lower Manhattan which provides a physical base for its diverse cultural activities. For more info: www.alwanforthearts.org

About 3rd I. 3rd I New York's monthly film and music salon designed by local filmmakers and experimental DJs showcases the works of independent filmmakers of South Asian descent and local djs, musicians and electronica artists. Providing alternative forums for South Asian filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion. More info...

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This event is made possible in part through public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.