La Septieme Porte (Crossing the Seventh Gate) - UK Premiere Film

Ali Essafi | Morocco 2017 | 1h20m | Moroccan Arabic with English subtitles | Documentary | 12

La Septieme Porte (Crossing the Seventh Gate) - UK Premiere


Tracing the lineage of Moroccan cinema through a biographical portrait of one of its founding fathers, Crossing the Seventh Gate is a beautiful, experimental documentary that explores the life of writer, poet, artist and filmmaker Ahmed Bouanani. Utilising the book Bouanani wrote, in calligraphic script, about Moroccan cinema as a starting point, Ali Essafi brings the artist and his cinema to life, using drawings and clips from Bouanani’s films alongside interviews to explain the context of his work.

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Fragments de Memoire (Fragments of Memory) - UK Premiere

Touda Bouanani | France/Morocco 2014 | French and Arabic | Documentary | 12

Touda Bouanani traces the career of Ahmed Bouanani, her illustrious father. She discusses how she goes about rescuing her father's unpublished manuscripts. Coming from a filmmaking family - his father a filmmaker and editor, her mother a costume designer - Touda explores her own history.

Filmmakers Ali Essafi and Touda Bouanani will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A

This screening is kindly sponsored by the University of Exeter and the AHRC.


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Included Films

Past Showings

Edinburgh / Mon 29 Oct 2018 / 7pm
Free and non-ticketed / Edinburgh College of Art, Cinema Space