Film Program: El Gort by Hamza el Ouni

Thu, March 29, 2018 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY present:

El Gort | Hamza el Ouni

Documentary | Tunisia | 2013 | 86 min

In Arabic with English subtitles

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Suggested contribution: $10 General Admission | $5 Students & Seniors

Doors open at 6:30 pm

This documentary sheds light on the wider affliction of youth unemployment in Tunisia before and after the revolution. Over a six year period, the film chronicles the lives of two young Tunisians, Khayri and Wechwecha, as they struggle to make a living by selling hay, a common but particularly harsh occupation in Tunisia. The camera follows their lives as they get up early in the morning and work until late at night, sometimes without food; tracking their movements and transformations between fragility and toughness. Faced with a choice between unemployment and exploitation, Khayri and Wechwecha find their dreams of a carefree youth quickly turn to despair. It is a narrative told with uncompromising honesty and piercing modesty.

About the Filmmaker

Hamza el Ouni studied film at the Institut Maghrebin du Cinema and trained at the School of Arts and Cinema in Tunis, where he specialized in writing and filmmaking. El Gort is his first feature documentary, which had its world premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.


3rd i New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is curated by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media artists 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.

3rd i 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.

We thank Alwan for the Arts for hosting our film screenings and to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.


Alwan for the Arts is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Last updated: 2018-02-20 11:17:41

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