6:30 PM–9:30 PM Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall
Malek Bensmaïl, 2015, 97 min.
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Screening and discussion with filmmaker Malek Bensmaïl, in conversation with Madeleine Dobie.
Algerian documentary filmmaker Malek Bensmaïl set up his camera in the newsroom of the famous daily paper El Watan, the spearhead of the Algerian independent press, to film the procedures and thought processes behind journalism during the last presidential election. Accommodated since Algeria’s Bloody Decade of the 1990’s in the “House of the Press,” the journalists of the famous daily newspaper El Watan await the completion of their new offices, a symbol of their independence.
“My camera is embedded in their newsroom as they follow the events of this new Algerian spring… President Bouteflika has set his sights on a 4th term… Beyond what we call the Arab revolutions and other mediatized terms, I wanted this film to serve as a memorial to the women and men, young and less young, who battle daily to safeguard the freedom of information in a politically and socially fossilized country.” – Malek Bensmaïl
Event co-sponsored by the Maison Francaise, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and Middle East Institute, Film and Media Studies, and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.