Previously at the ICA - Seasons
21 Sep 2011 – 13 Oct 2011
Cinema from the so-called ‘Muslim world’ is an instructive index of the fervent and creative diversity which those societies have experienced as their own complex legacies of modern transformation. The start of 2011 focused the world’s attention on the wildfire mass demonstrations for democracy across the Arab regions.
This programme of introduced screenings and talks takes the ‘Arab Spring’ as its starting point. Now into its sixth month, raising fundamental issues of religious and civic freedom, human rights, gender and social equality, and the challenges of modernity. The films selected illustrate the broad variety of contemporary cinema across Muslim societies. They offer a refreshing change from the present mindless output of Hollywood and mainstream Western cinema and offer an opportunity to appreciate and engage with current Muslim filmmaking for its story-telling vitality, its aesthetic integrity and engaging entertainment qualities.
All the films in this series will be introduced by specialist in their given fields and will aim to give a brief overview of the general regional and historical background in which it is set.
Curated by Ali Nobil Ahmad, Haim Bresheeth & Richard Appignanesi.
Third Text - Virtual Special Issue
Third Text is pleased to announce Routledge-sponsored free online access to a Virtual Special Issue. The selected articles are made available to accompany the Winds of Change: Cinema from Muslim Societies season.
Programmed in conjunction with Third Text and Visiting Arts