AKU-ISMC is showcasing films, from well-known and emerging filmmakers, that centre on people and ideas that are often relegated to the margins of societies around the world.
On Wednesday, 13 April, AKU-ISMC was delighted to welcome award-winning film-maker Mark Kidel to present his film Under African Skies: Rai. Made in 1990, when Rai was establishing itself as the new music of Algeria’s youth, Mark Kidel’s evocative and poetic film, made in collaboration with Bouziane Daoudi and Nidam Abdi, two Algerian journalists from the French daily Libération, explores the roots of a music that expresses the frustrated sexuality of the country’s young.
The film screening attracted over 40 guests including students, film-makers and professionals with an interest in world music. The screening was followed by a lively Q&A session in which Mark discussed elements of the film and answered a wide-range of interesting questions.
The Film Series continued on Wednesday, 20 April with a screening of Amir: An Afghan refugee musician's life in Peshawar, Pakistan, directed by John Baily.
The next screening of films will be on Wednesday, 11 May 2011. Four short films will be shown:
•My City Pizza by Ala Mohseni
•Of Men and Motorcycles by Shahriar Siami
•Road of the Nomads by Saeid Tarazi
•The First Brick by Aidin Bagheri
The film screening will be at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, 210 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DA. Doors open at 17:30 with the film scheduled to start at 18:00. The event is free to attend.
Coordinator, Planning & Academic Development
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations