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Resistance[s] Vol. II
Experimental films from the Middle East and North Africa - arthouse and international DVD / foreign language DVD / drama DVD review
RESISTANCE[S] VOL. II: EXPERIMENTAL FILMS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Directors: Katia Kameli, Bouchra Khalili, Al Fadhil, Zineb Sedira, Joude Gorani, Nesrine Khodr, Pauline M'Barek, Jalal Toufic, Nassim Amaouche   Distributor: Microcinema International
DVD release: 27 May 2008   Runtime: 110 minutes
(1 disc)
Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
DVD Features: Audio Tracks (English, French, Arabic), Subtitles (French, English, Dutch), Short Films (Nouba, Straight Stories, Amer & Nasser, Iraqi Brothers, Don't Do to Her What You Did to Me, Before Vanishing, I Swam in the Sea Last Week, Géographie Imaginaire, Saving Face and Quelques miettes pour les oiseaux)

Resistance[s] Vol. II breaks every stereotype and every image you might ever have entertained about North Africa and the Middle East. This second volume of the Resistance[s] collection of experimental film and video art showcases nine films on topics as diverse as jobs, wars, entertainment and celebration.

Each filmmaker tries in his own way to show the problems of displacement, immigration, conflict and identity of people of this region. The artists and their works featured in this collection
  • Katia Kameli (Nouba)
  • Bouchra Khalili (Straight Stories)
  • Al Fadhil (Amer & Nasser, Iraqi Brothers)
  • Zineb Sedira (Don't do to her what you did to me)
  • Joude Gorani (Before Vanishing)
  • Nesrine Khodr (I swam in the sea last week)
  • Pauline M'Barek (Géographie Imaginaire)
  • Jalal Toufic (Saving Face), and
  • Nassim Amaouche (Quelques miettes pour les oiseaux)
Personal stories come juxtaposed with vignettes of men tapping their feet to rhythm and women swaying their hips to music while young girls watch the sunset in skies droning with fighter planes. One is reminded of how frail and fragile our individual human stories are in a complicated and complex world.
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