International Writing Program (IWP) Cinematheque

Sep 15, 2019

07:00 PM - 09:00 PM


118 East College Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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A new free film every Sunday! Tour the far reaches of global cinema through films created or chosen by the IWP Fall Residents. Free and open to the public, just like the rest of IWP's events. Stay for a Q&A after the screening. 

*** Seating Limited - Come early, snag your spot, enjoy a drink! ***


(dir. Hicham Lasri; Morocco, 2017; 111 min)

In the summer of 1986, one day after Morocco makes history at the football World Cup in Mexico as the first African team ever to advance to the knock-out stage, a government official called Daoud is sent to secure a bridge that constitutes a border between two hostile communities, as an uncertain visit of King Hassan II is set to take place… [Director Lasri’s] visually stunning work is relevant beyond [Morocco’s] borders, as it deals with slave mentality, and nationalism and idolatry as means of subduing a nation. - Cineuropa

Headbang Lullaby continues the experimentation with form and style as well as the concern with recent Moroccan history found in Lasri’s earlier works, maintaining the (by now characteristic) frenetic energy of the mobile camera combined with striking composition. His work is also reminiscent of one of the greatest of all African filmmakers, Djibril Diop Mambety, who chose to apply his distinctive creative style to scenarios where magical realism and the surreal or absurd collide with the everyday struggles and political realities facing ordinary and often forgotten members of African society. - Transitional Moroccan Cinema

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