Past Event

Film Screening: Checks and Balances (Contrepouvoirs)

October 24, 2018
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Buell Hall, 515 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 East Gallery
Malek Bensmail, 2015, 97 min. Screening and discussion with filmmaker Malek Bensmaol, in conversation with Madeleine Dobie. Algerian documentary filmmaker Malek Bens­mail 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 Bensmail 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.

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Alexander Kutler