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Emmanuelle Demoris

“A main point for me in making films is to show the world in its complexity; not to protect us from it, not to cover its disorders with a fake explanatory order; but on the contrary, to offer its richness so the audience may be free to find its own way in it.”

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    WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

    Emmanuelle Demoris France, 2010

    Poor Abu Hosny, three films in to the Mafrouza cycle and still engaged in his Sisyphean struggle against the water pouring into his would-be home. A mesmerising dance sequence is a highlight of What is to be Done?, as the performative elements of this collaborative project come into sharper focus.

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    MAFROUZA/HEART

    Emmanuelle Demoris France, 2007

    The charismatic Hassan takes centre-stage in this second part of Emmanuelle Demoris’s panoramic Mafrouza cycle, giving the film its name by delicately drawing a heart in the sand. Widening its scope from the labyrinthine alleys of the shantytown, Mafrouza/Heart sings a song of love, loss, and life.

    THE ART OF TELLING

    Emmanuelle Demoris France, 2010

    Emmanuelle Demoris bids farewell to the alleys of Mafrouza and its residents. Local politics and the community’s relationship to its public and private spaces come into focus, as this singularly compassionate, collaborative epic of truth and fiction, storytelling and representation draws to a close.

    THE HAND OF THE BUTTERFLY

    Emmanuelle Demoris France, 2010

    This fourth film in the Mafrouza cycle is the most structurally self-contained and formally adventurous. Hassan moves to the fringes of the story, his songs serving as a kind of chorus, as the women of the town take the spotlight, the birth of a baby boy inciting an acute inquiry into gender roles.

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