Film Screening in Serbian/French/Arabic/English with English Subtitles.
Over two days, the Institute for Ideas and Imagination together with the Maison Française proudly presents a preview screening of filmmaker Mila Turajlić’s new documentary diptych of two feature-length films that take us on an archival road trip through the birth of the Third World Project, based on unseen 35mm materials filmed by Stevan Labudović, the cameraman of Yugoslav President Tito.
On March 7 at 6:00 pm, there will be a preview screening of the second half of the diptych: Ciné-Guerrillas. The film plunges us into the media battle that played out during the Algerian war for independence, where cinema was mobilized as a weapon of political struggle against colonialism.
A conversation between Mila Turajlić and Elaine Mokhtefi will follow the screening.
Mila Turajlić is a documentary filmmaker and archive scholar. Born in Belgrade, she directed and produced the award-winning films The Other Side of Everything and Cinema Komunisto. In 2020-21 she was a Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris.
Elaine Mokhtefi was born in New York and moved to Paris in her twenties. She participated in the struggle for Algerian independence. She lived in Algiers from 1962 to 1974, a period she describes in her 2018 memoir, Algiers: Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers.
The films are part of a long-term artistic research project titled Non-Aligned Newsreels. Developed via ongoing collaboration with Filmske Novosti - the Yugoslav Newsreels, it seeks to re-activate the collection of materials filmed by their cameraman across the non-aligned world, from cinematic collaborations with newly-independent countries in the 1950s to footage shot for liberation movements in the 1960s and 1970s. A multimedia project spanning films, video installations, live performance and a book, and an evolving web portal at www.nonalignednewsreels.com.