DOCUMENTING THE PAST: three imaginative pieces that enrich the tapestry of collective memory

DOCUMENTING THE PAST: three imaginative pieces that enrich the tapestry of collective memory

Sun 2 Nov| 12:00| Rich Mix

Documenting the Past: three intriguing and imaginative pieces that enrich the tapestry of collective memory. 

Tarzan, Don Quichotte and Us (Tarzan, Don Quichotte et nous) [DOC], UK PREMIERE

Dir. Hassen Ferhani
Algeria. 2013. 18min. Colour. Arabic with English subtitles.

Ambling along the Cervantes district of Algiers, from the Jardin d’Essai where the first Tarzan film was shot in 1923, to the Cervantes cave where the world famous author prepared his escape from Algeria, Ferhani teases out the interplay of subjective reality, legend and local history. An understated and charming film.

+ In the Silence, I Feel the Earth Roll (Dans le silence, je sens rouler la terre) [DOC], UK PREMIERE

Dir. Mohamed Lakhdar Tati
France/Algeria. 2010. 56min. Colour. Arabic, French with English subtitles.

In 1939, the end of the Spanish Civil War forced thousands of men, woman and children to flee Spain. The French administration in Algeria opened up camps to house them. Seventy years later, a young Algerian decides to investigate. Although no archives or documents remain, a few traces have survived collective oblivion.

Frantz Fanon: Memories from the Asylum (Frantz Fanon: Mémoire d’Asile) [DOC], UK PREMIERE

Dir. Abdenour Zahzah
Algeria. 2002. 54min. Colour. B&W. French, Arabic with English subtitles.

A philosopher, revolutionary and theorist, Frantz Fanon’s work inspired independence movements over decades and he remains today one of the most influential thinkers of post-colonial theory. Zahzah’s rich and original piece alternates between the reconstitution of Fanon’s life, an examination of his theories of identity and race, and present-day Joinville Hospital in Blida Algeria, where Fanon practised as a psychiatrist.

Introduced by Dr Karima Laachir, Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).