Posted by: Sarah Standish | February 4, 2011

Event: Algerian film at the African Film Festival

What’s a narcoleptic girl to do when her brother can’t find her a suitable husband? That’s the premise of an Algerian comedy called Masquerades, screened as part of the African Film Festival in Portland.

From the film festival’s description:

This first feature film by young actor/director Lyès Salem is a comedy set in the remote, starkly beautiful Aures Mountains of Algeria. Its central character is Mounir (played by the director), a man who longs to be considered successful by his neighbors. He also wants to find a good match for his beautiful sister, except that she has a problem: she is a narcoleptic and keeps falling asleep at key moments. So he invents a wealthy foreign suitor for her (Australian? American? Swedish? In any case, someone blond), and suddenly everyone thinks the world of him. Not surprisingly, his life is deluged by complications. The film received the third-place Bronze Stallion award at FESPACO 2009.

In Arabic with English subtitles.

Showtimes: Thursday, February 24th 2011, 12:00pm, Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, Room 104; and Friday, February 25th 2011, 7:30pm, Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, Room 104 (PCC Cascade Campus, 705 N Killingsworth St.)

Arabic students, you can get extra credit for attending this event and writing about it in accordance with the extra-credit guidelines.


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