Tangerine dreams: Cinémathèque de Tanger showcases Morocco

By Simona Schneider

No matter what you’ve heard about Tangier—that it’s a town of hustlers, bandits and drugs, or is a mecca for artists and writers from Eugene Delacroix to Henri Matisse to Jean Genet—the strange thing may be that you have heard of it at all. A town of 900,000 on the very northern tip of Africa, only 7 miles from Spain, it is neither the political nor economic capitol of any country nor the site of any major disasters. Yet it’s created an identity as a great fount of stories and light. The newest development in its narrative is that it now has its own independent cinema, the Cinémathèque de Tanger, which opened in 2007. This young institution has curated Another Border, a showcase of its archives on view at the Pacific Film Archive and closing October 1. Four programs organized by themes, (H)istory Tellers, Feminine vs. Masculine, From a Distant Land, and Who Are the Others?, feature Moroccan filmmaking from its inception to the present day—representations, experiments and documentaries dealing with a range of current social and political issues, as well as films by foreigners.

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YOU ARE ALL CALLED MOHAMMED BY MAX LEMEKE
YOU ARE ALL CALLED MOHAMMED BY MAX LEMEKE

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