Emmanuelle Demoris’s Mafrouza Cycle

Emmanuelle Demoris’s Mafrouza Cycle  | Events Calendar
Mafrouza/Heart. 2007. France. Directed by Emmanuelle Demoris


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MoMA | 11 West 53rd Street

Curated by Jytte Jensen

The Mafrouza cycle comprises five films shot by Emmanuelle Demoris over a two-year period in the neighborhood of the same name, a shantytown built by its inhabitants on the remains of a Greco-Roman necropolis in Alexandria, Egypt. The area has since been destroyed, but the film captures to a remarkable degree the very special people who lived here—their daily lives of struggle and happiness, and the special strength and heterogeneity of the community. Built progressively with the people of Mafrouza, each film finds its protagonists organically, and allows them to determine its particular narrative arc.

The five films of the Mafrouza cycle will be screened once each in chronological order; each is an autonomous work that can be appreciated independent of the others. The series concludes with a special Modern Mondays event featuring a discussion with Demoris. All films are directed by Emmanuelle Demoris and in Arabic with English subtitles.


Mafrouza—Oh la nuit! (Mafrouza—Oh Night!)
2007. France. Emmanuelle Demoris. 138 min.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 4:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2 (North American premiere)

Mafrouza/Coeur (Mafrouza/Heart)
2007. France. Emmanuelle Demoris. 159 min.
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 4:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2 (North American premiere)

Mafrouza/Que faire? (Mafrouza/What Is to Be Done?)
2010. France. Emmanuelle Demoris. 154 min.
Friday, March 8, 2013, 4:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2 (North American premiere)

Main du Papillon (Mafrouza/The Hand of the Butterfly)
2010. France. Emmanuelle Demoris. 143 min.
Saturday, March 9, 2013, 3:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2 (North American premiere)

Mafrouza/Paraboles (Mafrouza/The Art of Speaking)
2010. France. Directed by Emmanuelle Demoris. 156 min.
Sunday, March 10, 2013, 2:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2 (North American premiere)

An Evening with Emmanuelle Demoris
Monday, March 11, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2