Zoom: Heiny Srour
Leila and the Wolves

Limited capacity out of concern for infection. You have to sign up before attending: landmark.ticketco.events/

Do not attend if you feel unwell or have symptoms of respiratory infection. We remind everyone of the 1-meter rule and good hand hygiene to prevent the spread of infection.

The film is also available on Vimeo this night:

Leila and the Wolves / Password: cinenova_bergen

Leila and the Wolves
Dir.: Heiny Srour
1984, 93mins

Leila and the Wolves
Drawing on the Arab heritage of oral tradition and mosaic patterns, Leila and the Wolves is an exploration of the collective historical memory of Arab women. Shot over seven years, and in often treacherous conditions, Srour’s film is a masterpiece of filmmaking, mixing together archival footage, fairy-tale storytelling, aesthetically bold imagery, and dramatisations of situations faced by women in Lebanon and Palestine, from early twentieth century to the beginning of the 1980s. Through the eyes of Leila, a Lebanese student dissatisfied with the official, colonial, male-dominated version of the history of the region, the film reconstructs women’s daily, often unglamorous and silent sacrifices, as part of and in parallel with heroic military actions. The stories told here are fierce and sometimes shocking.

Takk til Cinenova for lån av film.

Heiny Srour (b. 1945) is a Lebanese film director. She was the first female Arab filmmaker to have a film, “Saat El Tahrir Dakkat” or “The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived”, chosen for the Cannes Film Festival.

In January Cinenova and Courtisane Film Festival launched a fundraiser appeal to support the restoration of two of Heiny Srour’s films about the political struggles of women in the Arab world, to support this project or to read more, click here.

On the fourth of August, a massive explosion hit Beirut. A
large part of the city became rubble and many lives were lost. The damages and needs on the ground have been assessed to be in the Billions of USD and Beirut needs help. If you wish to support and help Beirut you can do so by supporting amongst others the Disaster Relief for Beirut Explosion fundraising.

Cinenova is a volunteer-run charity preserving and distributing the work of feminist film and video makers.

Cinenova was founded in 1991 following the merger of two feminist film and video distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, each formed in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Cinenova currently distributes over 300 titles that include artists’ moving image, experimental film, narrative feature films, documentary and educational videos made from the 1920s to the late 1990s. The thematics in these titles include oppositional histories, post-colonial struggles, representation of gender, race, sexuality, and other questions of difference and importantly the relations and alliances between these different struggles.

Zoom is Bergen Kunsthall’s programme of artists’ films and videos.

Welcome to the screening of Lebanese filmmaker Heiny Srour´s film “Leila and the Wolves”