The Penn Museum will be starting their new film series Live From the Archives this Thursday March 15th at 6pm. The series will showcase some of the folks who are creating new film works using the Penn Museum’s expansive film archives that currently reside on Archive.org.
The first installment is titled Elephant in the Dark: Refractions of Muslim Identity. The screening will take place at the Rainey Auditorium at the Penn Museum. The screening is free and the night will start off at 5pm with a reception with the filmmakers. Check out synopses of the films below, with links to the respective trailers.
Inheritance Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz, (2012) TRT: 26:54
Inheritance poetically witnesses one family’s journey to cohere the detritus of divorce and Revolution into an Iranian American identity.
Iranian-born filmmaker, Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz, intimately explores the contemporaneous events of Islamic Revolution and divorce that uprooted her family and embroiled them in the complicated process of diasporic identity formation in the U.S. Inside her mother’s home,Aggie follows the collected remnants of this journey to investigate what is lost, what is gained, and what is carried over in the crossing.
Ghetto Girl Ambarien Al Qadar, (2011) TRT: 35:00
Using extensive home s-8 movie footage, The Ghetto Girl is a personal documentary that unfolds as a third person narrative about a girl who walks the streets and searches for a lost home movie. Streets are full of stories about disenfranchisement and radicalization that have come to constitute the experience of being middle class Muslims in India today. This sense of disillusionment finds a way home in the transformation of a mother who refuses to be photographed due to her changing Islamic beliefs. But the girl discovers an abandoned family album. This brings her memories of a time when there was a camera and when it was possible to photograph.
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