Moroccan Filmmaker in Jamestown for Free Screening


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N.D. – As part of the Caravanserai project, Moroccan filmmaker Hakim Bellabes will be in Jamestown on Sunday, Nov. 11. There will be a free light supper with a screening and discussion of his films beginning at 5:00 pm at the Arts Center.

Award-winning filmmaker Hakim Belabbes grew up in the small town of Boujad in central Morocco. He graduated from Mohamed V University in Rabat, Morocco with a degree in literature. He holds a graduate degree in Film and Video from Columbia College in Chicago.

An accomplished independent director who divides his time between Morocco and the United States, Hakim’s film awards include the Grand Prix at the Moroccan National Film Festival in January 2011, Best Feature in December 2011 at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, and Honorable Mention at the Bangkok Film Festival.

For Caravanserai, Hakim will present two of his celebrated short films. A Nest in the Heat is a personal and challenging look at issues of separation, independence, and return that chronicles Hakim’s journey from his home in Chicago to visit his family in Morocco. Whispers follows a man’s obsessive search for his lost childhood through the dark alleyways and desolate cemeteries of Hakim’s Moroccan hometown.

To attend this free film screening, discussion and light supper, please reserve your spot by calling The Arts Center 251-2496.

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