MECAM Spectrum Series
Thu 02 Sep 2021 | 17:00–18:30

Migrant Narratives and Aesthetic Practices in Mediterranean Cinema

Sahar El Echi (Tunis U / MECAM Fellow 2021), Chair: Alena Strohmaier (U of Marburg)

Online event via ZOOM

In the last twenty years, the phenomenon of migration has raised questions that are troubling society and that cinema in turn questions. As a means of study, the latter provides the history of migration with a reading tool and, consequently, shows how society deals with otherness by relying on the figure of the stranger. This research questions the migrant narratives in relation to their filmic representations. El Echi proposes to grasp the mode of appearance of these narratives in cinema through an essentially narrative and aesthetic approach. The history of cinema interests her in the sense that it apprehends an epoch, a movement, and a mode of production as variable realities, in perpetual change. It has a hermeneutic vocation because it operates at all levels and interacts with other disciplines such as Sociology and Anthropology.

Sahar El Echi lives and works in Tunisia. A visual artist, filmmaker and researcher, she was born in Tunis where she pursued studies in visual design at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts of Tunis (ISABT). Currently, she is working on her PhD project in film studies at the Ecole Supérieure de l'Audiovisuel et du Cinema (ESAC) about the narratives of exile in Mediterranean cinema (2000-2020). Her research is situated at the intersection of films studies, and social sciences. She directed two short Films, Mutation (2016) and Entre-Deux (2018), which were selected in many international and national festivals, as well as video essays. She makes use of different mediums including cinema, photography and video art. She also exhibits her work in many art galleries. El Echi was selected in different international programs, “The Documentary Film Methods for film teachers” at the Danish Film School in Copenhagen (2019), “The Beirut – Locarno Industry Academy International”, “Beirut Talents” as part of the “Berlinale Talents” and participated in several films talks and conversations such as the “savvy contemporary art” (Berlin) or "Cineclub Revaluations & Revolutions: Reflections from Tunis" as part of Unites Screens: Rushes project and the research program "seuils, crises" (France).

The talk will be held virtually via ZOOM. Please register in advance via ifg-01(at) to receive the login details.


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