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The Machine That Kills Bad People: La nouba des femmes du mont Chenoua + Assia Djebar
Institute of Contemporary Arts
On old photo paper, a mother and child stare at each other with joy on their home sofa
La nouba des femmes du mont Chenoua (The Nouba of the Women of Mount Chenoua), dir. Assia Djebar, Algeria, 1977, 115 min, Arabic with English subtitles

The story of a woman returning to her birthplace fifteen years after the Algerian War of independence, La nouba des femmes du mont Chenoua (The Nouba of the Women of Mount Chenoua) is one of only two films by Algerian novelist Assia Djebar. Looking for a musical language to structure the film, Djebar adopted the form of the Andalusian Nuba, similar to the musical suite and one of the most important classical traditions in North African music. In the writer’s own words, the film is “constructed from documentary sounds, that is to say, from conversations of peasant women recorded on tape. That’s the primary core of the film. Then I tried to visualize what they were telling me.”

Djebar’s film will be accompanied by a portrait of Assia Djebar made by Sarah Maldoror, one of the first female filmmakers to document the anti-colonial struggle in Africa. Made for French television in the 1980s, it is part of a series of short portraits Maldoror made of women – some who were public figures such as Djebar, others who were not.

A specially commissioned essay by Corina Copp accompanies this screening.
With thanks to Courtisane.

Programme

La nouba des femmes du mont Chenoua (The Nouba of the Women of Mount Chenoua), dir. Assia Djebar, Algeria, 1977, 115 min, Arabic with English subtitles

Assia Djebar, dir. Sarah Maldoror, France, 1987, 7 min, French with English subtitles
The Machine That Kills Bad People is, of course, the cinema – a medium that is so often and so visibly in service of a crushing status quo but which, in the right hands, is a fatal instrument of beauty, contestation, wonder, politics, poetry, new visions, testimonies, histories, dreams. It is also a film club  devoted to showing work – ‘mainstream’ and experimental, known and unknown, historical and contemporary – that takes up this task. The group borrowed their name from the Roberto Rossellini film of the same title, and find inspiration in the eclectic juxtapositions of Amos Vogel’s groundbreaking New York film society Cinema 16.

The Machine That Kills Bad People is held bi-monthly in the ICA Cinema and is programmed by Erika Balsom, Beatrice Gibson, Maria Palacios Cruz and Ben Rivers
 
06:45 pm
Wed, 15 Mar 2023
Cinema 1

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Blockish red text on white paper reading SPARKLE OF THE OUTSIDE, by Corina Copp