“Protests and revolutions”: civil society’s forgotten stories [Algerian Docs]

“Protests and revolutions”: civil society’s forgotten stories [Algerian Docs]

Mon 3 Nov| 20:30| Hackney Picturehouse

“Protests and revolutions”: civil society’s forgotten stories [Algerian Shorts]

Before Crossing the Horizon (Avant de franchir la ligne d’horizon) [DOC] UK PREMIERE
Dir. Habiba Djahnine
France/Algeria. 2010. 64min. Colour. Arabic, French with English subtitles.

In the past few years, some have wondered why Algeria has remained “unaffected” by the Arab Spring. In this rare and prescient document, Djahnine explores the popular protests that unfolded in Algeria between 1988 and 2010, the year Tunisia began its Jasmine Revolution. Committed citizens, these grassroots militants candidly speak of their experiences, their words etched against their country’s tormented contemporary history.

+ Equivocal Chronicles (Chroniques équivoques) [DOC] UK PREMIERE
Dir. Lamine Ammar-khodja
Algeria. 2012. 60min. Colour. Arabic, French with English subtitles.

A series of chronicles about the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Algerian independence in 1962; equivocal fragments as stories that resonate to form a complex mosaic of the city of Algiers. Ammar-khodja’s wanderings are as uncertain as they are bold, his investigation of society a springboard for his own idiosyncratic and provocative questioning.

Followed by a discussion with Hamza Hamouchene, Algerian activist, writer and co-founder of Algeria Solidarity Campaign (ASC).

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