The Films of Moumen Smihi, “The East Wind“ (“El Chergui”), 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 10 (Moumen Smihi, 1975, Morocco, 35mm, 80 minutes)
Set in the mid-1950s, “El Chergui“ presents Morocco on the eve of its independence. Its protagonist, Aicha, uses magical practices in her effort to prevent her husband from taking a second wife. Around her, a society of women creates its own form of active resistance. The film will be preceded by “The Unlucky Man” (“Si Moh, pas de chance” by Moumen Smihi, 1971, Morocco, video, 17 minutes). Shot in Paris after Smihi completed film school, “Si Moh” investigates the lives of migrant workers in France. Moumen Smihi will attend the screening.