Serpentine Cinema: Bouchra Khalili

Serpentine Cinema presents the London premiere of Bouchra Khalili’s, The Tempest Society (2017).

The Tempest Society is not a documentary or a fiction, but a hypothesis: Nowadays in Athens, three Athenians from different backgrounds form a group to examine the current state of Greece, Europe, and the Mediterranean. To do so, they gather together on a theatre stage, defined as a civic space. They name themselves The Tempest Society to pay homage to Al Assifa (‘The Tempest’ in Arabic), a theatre group active in Paris in the 70's composed of North-African immigrant workers and French students. Through the format of the "theatrical newspaper", Al Assifa addressed the daily struggle against inequality and racism in France.

40 years after, the forgotten legacy of Al Assifa and its "theatrical newspapers" find a site for reactivation in Greece. On a theater stage, members of The Tempest Society and their guests - Ghani, an spokesperson for immigrants' right, Katerina born in Greece but undocumented, Malek a young Syrian refugee - call together for equality, civic belonging, and solidarity.

Club and Group screenings

Tue 24th Oct 19.00 Ad and Trailer Free: No advertisements or trailers will play ahead of this screening. You are recommended to arrive promptly. Serpentine Cinema: Screenings and special events presented by the Serpentine Gallery.

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