Film Screening & Discussion: Alwan & 3rd i NY Present: The Uprising: the Arab Revolutions from the Inside

Thu, June 12, 2014 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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The Uprising Directed by Peter Snowdon, Belgium/UK, 2013, 78 minutes,Arabic and English spoken with English and French subtitles


The Uprising prvides an exploration of the Arab revolutions from the inside. It is a multi-camera, first-person account of that fragile, irreplaceable moment when life ceases to be a prison, and everything becomes possible again.

This feature-length documentary is composed entirely of videos made by citizens and long-term residents of Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria and Yemen. The film uses this footage, not to recount the actual chronology of events or analyse their causes, but to create an imaginary pan-Arab uprising that exists (for the moment) only on the screen.

Suggested ContributionGeneral Admission $10 | Students, Seniors, Members $5

Doors open at 6:30pm

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"Snowdon’s film collapses the historical timeframe into the structure of a seven-day journal. The result is an imaginary history, but rooted in actual events and retaining some sense of distinct localities: a massive pan-Arab movement."

-Ela Bittencourt
The Brooklyn Rail

"A bold, epoch-defining leap forward in doc method".

-Craig Baldwin
The Brooklyn Rail


Opus Bonum Award for Best World Documentary at Jihlava IDFF 2013.


Peter Snowdon is a director and writer who made his debut into film with agit-prop documentaries. Over time, his work evolved beyond the purely political to engage with the experimental and avant-garde traditions, and to address wider philosophical issues.

Snowdon has created a number of short films and documentaries among the most notable are "Walking Through Paradise" (2010) and "Berwick's Mambo" (2008). His films have has been awarded prizes at Toma Unica (Madrid), Malescorto International Short Film Festival, and Kansas City Film Festival. He is currently based in Belgium, where he is preparing a PhD on vernacular video and documentary practice after the Arab Spring at MAD Faculty.


About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.


3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor


Alwan's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.


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