This November, we will kick-start the Cinematheque@TheLab, a film program that consists of private screenings coupled with critical discussions, assembled and led by groups of Arab film researchers and curators. Cinematheque@TheLab centers around a large archive of Arab and international films that is constantly growing and developed as part of a collective effort.

The project aims to function as a meeting point for film researchers and writers as well as film critics by inviting them to organize regular events of film programs, discussion sessions, workshops and various screenings. Our mission is to provide a common space for exchange of cultural knowledge related to the art of the moving image, and to delve into the intersections between film as a medium and other forms of artistic expression.

The first series will begin with a special tribute to the late French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard, as we screen his 8-part documentary “Histoire(s) du Cinéma” which took 10 years to make (1988-1998), and represents a unique and critical documentation of the history and development of the art of cinema.

The series is an extensive audio-visual experience that reflects on the multiple incarnations of cinema in relation to historical events, using and referencing hundreds of films produced during the twentieth century.

Screenings will take place on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.