Sunday, December 3, 2006

Military Culture

Films from Syria, Turkey, Palestine, Israel

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Presented in Association with Pacific Film Archive, San Francisco Art Institute, Arab Film Festival

The films in “Military Culture” reflect the loss civil space to military institutions and ethos. Part of a series curated by Akram Zaatari (co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut and renowned videomaker) for the 2006 Oberhausen Festival, this program includes Oussama Mohammad’s exquisitely shot portrait of the militarization of rural life in Syria, Sharif Waked’s caustic fashion show for Palestinian men crossing Israeli checkpoints, Köken Ergun’s video installation on the militaristic pageantry of Turkish nationalism, Avi Mograbi’s depiction of an excruciating stand-off between a Palestinian family and an Israeli tank, and more. Zaatari will present additional programs from “Radical Closure” at PFA, see www.bampfa.berkeley.edu

NOTE:We also co-present a public lecture by Akram Zaatari at San Francisco Art Institute on Wednesday, Nov 29 at 7:30 pm. See www.sfai.edu

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