documentary short
Tunisia / France / USA
dir by Margaux Fittousi & Mo Scarpelli

**World Premiere at New York Jewish Film Festival - Lincoln Center 2018

For over 700 years, thousands of Jews lived in El Hara of Tunis. Albert Memmi grew up here. As a Tunisian Jew, he struggled to find his place between the European colonizers and the Muslim colonized. Since then, the neighborhood’s Jewish residents have moved on, but Memmi's memories still dwell here. EL HARA visually drifts through this neighborhood 75 years after his departure, weaving together reflections of one of the world's most important writers on the lasting effects of colonialism, domination, and emigration.

Featuring Albert Memmi
Directed by Margaux Fitoussi & Mo Scarpelli
Produced by Margaux Fitoussi
Cinematography by Mo Scarpelli
Editing by Iva Radivojevik, Mo Scarpelli

A Rake Films production

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"In a lyrically captivating journey into Tunis’ old Jewish quarter, Margaux Fitoussi and Mo Scarpelli’s EL HARA explores the present-day echoes of the departure of its historical inhabitants in the wake of colonial and national upheavals. Interlacing the quotidian sights and sounds of El Hara with Albert Memmi’s texts, reminiscences, and commentaries about his formative years there, the film deftly captures the dissonances of a multi-layered Jewish-Maghrebian-French identity. EL HARA, by evoking the ambivalent emotions surrounding Jewish dislocation from Arab/Muslim spaces, subtly touches upon the scars of rupture and loss. While the film returns physically to El Hara, it also reckons with the impossibility of going back to a pre-displacement past, conjuring up instead an imaginative return around an absence that still haunts." 

— Ella Shohat, Professor of Cultural Studies at New York University & Author of Taboo Memories & Diasporic Voices


+ New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center
+ Atlanta International Film Festival
+ Toronto Jewish Film Festival
+ UK Jewish Film Festival
+ Washington Jewish Film Festival
+ Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival
+ Sephardic Jewish Film Festival
+ MountainFilm Telluride
+ Woods Hole Film Festival
+ Port Townsend Women in Film Festival
+ San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
+ Citizen Jane Film Festival
+ Montenegro Film Festival
+ Afrika Film Festival - Yamfa Competition


EL HARA continues to play at festivals and in screening series around the world.
Please email hello [at] rakefilms [dot] com for a private screener + to set up a screening.

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