LPAC presents a 2-day Film Festival celebrating the Amazigh (Berber and Tuareg) Cultures.
Thu, Mar 12 & Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Little Theater, LPAC
Free and Open to the Public
Most films followed by Q & A's with expert panelists.
To RSVP call the box office at (718) 482 - 5151 or email email@example.com
Berbers, also known as the Imazighen, are the native peoples of North Africa. Films in Berber languages depicting Berber cultures were banned in North Africa until the 1990s, yet a vibrant video and film production has begun to emerge, exploring the human dramas of childhood, the struggle for education, and emigration. They have lived as farmers, craftspeople and merchants in these rugged lands between sea and desert for millennia. Today they represent a vibrant example of indigenous minorities within the larger Semitic world who strive to maintain their ethnic and linguistic identities despite an increasingly sectarian nationalism and a conservative understanding of Islam. Through a selection of illuminating shorts, documentaries and features, the Berber Film Festival is proud to present these dissonant voices and their captivating tales of the Berber universe.
The Berber Film Festival is sponsored by Beyond Sacred: Unthinking Muslim Identity, a year-long multidisciplinary program of over 50 performances and community discussions created to expand awareness and understanding of Muslim culture in post 9/11 New York City and to foster a complex understanding of Muslim identities today. Presented at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) on the LaGuardia Community College / CUNY campus and performance and public spaces throughout the city, this coherent cultural program seeks to open a dialogue between Muslim and non-Muslim communities and to challenge our notions of group identity.