AL MOMIA (THE NIGHT OF COUNTING THE YEARS) + SIROCCO
Thursday, September 30
AL MOMIA (THE NIGHT OF COUNTING THE YEARS) (1969, DCP, 102m, Arabic w/English subtitles) dir Shadi Abdel Salam w/Ahmed Marai, Ahmad Hegazi, Nadia Lufti. “When we choose to restore a film, we give it a value that it doesn’t otherwise have; we make a claim about the historical significance of its images, and we decide that audiences should have access to them for the foreseeable future. I’m thrilled that Cinema Ritravato and the World Cinema Project work to revive classic films, like Shadi Abdel Salam’s The Night of Counting the Years, to give them an afterlife on contemporary screens. I’m excited to share this film––an Egyptian classic that interrogates the colonial project of archaeology and Egyptology through spectacular landscapes––with an audience at my favorite movie theater.” – Michelle Baroody, box office volunteer and projectionist since June 2013.
SIROCCO (2012, DCP, 16m, USA/Egypt, Arabic with English subtitles) dir Hisham Bizri. Experimental short. Using fragments from The Night of Counting the Years, this film is a fable of an Arab man who is in a perpetual agony of restlessness. He cannot sleep. He keeps to himself and is somewhat moody and savage. Life for him is a mystery and is impossible to understand, leading him into melancholic paralysis.
These films are part of the Trylon’s Volunteer Programmer Series, screening in partnership with Mizna during the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival.