Tate Modern’s film programming takes an interesting turn this month with a season of Arab Cinema. My past experiences with Tate’s film events have been mixed, to say the least: technical malfunctions and impenetrable, self-congratulatory chit-chat masquerading as ‘discussion’, not to mention boring films. This earnestly titled season, ‘Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now’, may sound similarly unpromising. However, if you click through to the descriptions of some of the films, they do sound rather engaging, and the timing couldn’t be better as far as current affairs goes, so I’m hoping to give a few of them a try. The series kicks off this Friday with an Egyptian double-bill from the 1970s, and continues by way of Algeria and Morocco, plus films from the Middle East.
4th – 27th March
Various show times – see listings here.