Film Screening: The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni

Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
May 29, 2013 6:00 pm
Kadist Art Foundation | 3295 20th St. | San Francisco CA 94110

Free and open to the public

In conjunction with the exhibition Words and Places: Etel Adnan, the CCA Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice and Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts present a series of talks and film screenings that examine issues called up by Adnan’s practice and expand its frame of reference.

To celebrate the release of the exhibition publication, a screening of Lebanese filmmaker Rania Stephan's documentary, The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011, 70 min.) will take place at the Kadist Art Foundation. The montage film consists of appropriated footage from the long career of the Egyptian actress and star, reassembling in the process an irreverent history of a lost era of Egyptian cinema.

The exhibition publication is titled The Ninth Page: Etel Adnanʼs Journalism 1972-1974 and collects and translates some of Adnanʼs contributions to the Lebanese francophone daily newspaper, Al-Safa. The articles document the rich cultural scene of Beirut on the brink of civil war, a political cataclysm addressed with great force in Adnanʼs landmark books Sitt Marie Rose (1978) and The Arab Apocalypse (1980). These writings have an immediacy that is distinct from the rhythms of her poetry and prose. The publication also includes newly commissioned essays that respond to Adnanʼs journalism and its fraught sociopolitical context.

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Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy & Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and the CCA Curator's Forum.