Afghan Film Program and Barmak Akram Screening

When 15 Mar 2013 - 29 Mar 2013
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
United States

Barmak Akram, Wajma (An Afghan Love Story), 2012. Courtesy of filmmaker

Friday, March 15, 22, and 29, 2pm

Press Release:

Leeza Ahmady and Mariam Ghani introduce the program on March 1 and March 29.This series of fiction features, newsreels, propaganda shorts, and documentaries juxtaposes contemporary films with selections from, the Public Access Digital Media Archive at Afghanistan’s national film institute, Afghan Films. The archive’s collection reflects the vibrant culture and shifting ideologies of Afghanistan from the 1960s to the ’90s, while the contemporary films explore the everyday complexities of life in modern Afghanistan. The diverse and compelling selection of films includes recent fiction shorts by the Kabul-based independent filmmakers of the Jump Cut Film Collective; a 1996 film essay on the civil war, Khan-e-Tarikh (The House of History), directed by Afghan Films cameraman Qader Tahiri; a 1980 feature Akhtar Maskara (Akhtar the Joker), adapted by director Eng. Latif Ahmadi from the short story by Rahnawad Zariab; Kabuli Kid (2009), the debut feature by Barmak Akram; and documentary shorts produced through the Kabul workshops of Ateliers Varan, the training program founded by direct cinema pioneer Jean Rouch. English subtitles.

As the first exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia offers a glimpse into the region’s diverse contemporary art practices, presenting its cultural landscape as a consequence of intertwined histories, shared experiences, and common challenges, and suggesting an understanding of its aesthetic practices that transcends political and geographic boundaries. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Guggenheim Museum is pleased to present a series of programs dedicated to Afghan cinema of the past 50 years, organized by independent curator Leeza Ahmady and artist Mariam Ghani.

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