The Africa Institute (Sharjah, UAE), in collaboration with the Sharjah Art Foundation (Sharjah, UAE) and the Royal College of Art (London, UK) are organizing a screening program focusing on three films by the acclaimed Egyptian filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri. The screenings will conclude with a webinar featuring the filmmaker.
The program will include three of El-Tahri’s films; Cuba, an African Odyssey (2006), Behind the Rainbow (2008) and Tragedy of the Great Lakes (2000). The films will be made available for audiences as free livestream for three days via The Africa Institute website starting Tuesday, August 11, 2020. The webinar, which is scheduled for Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 8:00 PM (GST) will host film director Jihan El-Tahri in a conversation moderated by Carina Ray, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at Brandeis University, Brandeis University, with Hlonipha Mokoena, Associate Professor, WiSER, University of Witwatersrand, and António Tomás, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg.
This program of screening is inspired by the educational mission of the three collaborating institutions as a contribution to the understanding, through film and art, of the recent protest movement across the globe against anti-black racism. It also explores the destructive role of colonialism in Africa and the racialized institutional inequalities it created, and in the process, it also explores the axis of solidarity in the eras of decolonization.