Rushes: Alice Diop on the State of Cinema, Expanding the Rom-Com Canon, New Books Roundup

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Sambizanga (Sarah Maldoror, 1972).

  • For the past six years, the Belgian film journal Sabzian has invited a guest to deliver an annual “State of Cinema” address. This year’s speaker will be Alice Diop. She will deliver her text on Thursday, December 7, in Brussels, alongside a screening of Sarah Maldoror’s film Sambizanga (1972). Learn more on Sabzian’s website, recently sleekly redesigned for the publication’s tenth anniversary. You can also watch previous State of Cinema speeches on Sabzian’s Screening Room, including last year’s address by Wang Bing.

RECOMMENDED VIEWING

Outwardly from Earth's Center (Rosa Barba, 2007).

  • Streaming on e-flux until November 30 is Outwardly from Earth’s Center (2007), a short pseudo-documentary by filmmaker and artist Rosa Barba. The film details the experiences of the inhabitants of a fictitious offshore island (inspired by the real, unmoored Swedish island of Gotska Sandön) as it hurtles toward an inevitable collision with the nearby mainland, bringing a sense of doom to Barba’s surrealist portrait of a beautiful rural community.

RECOMMENDED READING

Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch, 1933).

RECOMMENDED EVENTS

Man Sa Yay (I, Your Mother) (Safi Faye, 1980).

RECOMMENDED LISTENING

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The Dupes (Tewfik Saleh, 1972).

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