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network 30/04/2018 - 01:00PM

Meet Cinema Politica’s New Associate Programmers

Cinema Politica is a beehive of activity these days, with our documentary futurism project well under way (including a new project podcast series), new distribution titles and plenty of powerhouse films to watch at our subscription streaming service – Cinema Politica On Demand. At the core of our operations is of course, the amazing films we champion across the globe.

Each year we preview hundreds of submitted and researched works and our programming committee, which has been for the most part made up of volunteers, meets and decides together what the annual selection of fifty or so titles will look like. We then check in with special community member programmers as well as with our nearly 100 locals spread across four continents. Along the way we take special care to not just evaluate each film’s qualities and possible political impact, but we also pay attention to who makes each film, and how it was made. As you can imagine, this is an arduous process, and so we could not be more delighted to announce that two of our programmers are stepping up to the core programming team as our very first CP Associate Programmers.

And so without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to the talented, insightful, engaged and all around amazing Viviane Saglier and Muhammad Nour-Elkhairy – who are no doubt at this very minute previewing a film in some dark room for Cinema Politica!

Viviane Saglier joined Cinema Politica’s programming team in 2014, but has been a regular audience member at Cinema Politica Concordia (CP’s inaugural local – the one that inspired the global network) since she settled (quite literally) in Montreal/Tiohtiá:ke in 2011. She is currently completing a PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University, and her doctoral research examines the emergence of a film economy in Palestine. She has also written on the politics of film festivals and the history of tricontinental anti-colonial film solidarity. Viviane is a member of the collectives Regards palestiniens and Regards syriens, which organize yearly screening series around contemporary Palestinian and Syrian cinemas at the Cinémathèque québécoise.

Muhammad Nour-Elkhairy is a Palestinian filmmaker and video artist from Jordan. Muhammad works in the field of film, video and television production and is currently pursuing his MFA in Studio Arts: Film production at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He started programming with Cinema Politica as a volunteer in the Fall of 2017. In his filmmaking and video art practice, Muhammad's work is politically driven and he is interested in exploring concepts of national, ethnic, economic and social identities through fictional and experimental work.

 

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