The screenings, which are set to be live-streamed for three days, will conclude with a webinar featuring the filmmaker.
The Africa Institute in Sharjah has collaborated with the Sharjah Art Foundation and London’s Royal College of Art to organise a screening programme focussing on three films by the acclaimed Egyptian director Jihan El-Tahri. The screenings will conclude with a webinar featuring the filmmaker.
The programme will include three of El-Tahri’s films Cuba, an African Odyssey (2006), Behind the Rainbow (2008) and Tragedy of the Great Lakes (2000).
The films will be made available for audiences as a free live stream for three days via The Africa Institute website starting August 11.
The webinar, which is scheduled for August 13 at 8:00 pm, will host film director Jihan El-Tahri in a conversation moderated by Carina Ray, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at Brandeis University, Hlonipha Mokoena, Associate Professor, WiSER, University of Witwatersrand, and António Tomás, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg.
The screening is inspired by the educational mission of the three collaborating institutions as a contribution to the understanding, through film and art, of the recent protest movement across the globe against anti-black racism. It also explores the destructive role of colonialism in Africa and the racialised institutional inequalities it created, and in the process, it also explores the axis of solidarity in the eras of decolonisation.
Jihan El- Tahri is an Egyptian-born, French filmmaker, author and news correspondent. She has authored, directed and produced award-winning documentary films. Jihan is a member of the Executive Bureau of FEPACI (Federation of Pan-African Cinema) and Secretary General of The Guild of African Filmmakers in the diaspora.