Moumen Smihi is a filmmaker who was born in 1945 in Tangier, Morocco. His career spans more than four decades, during which he has written, produced and directed award-winning and influential feature films, short films and documentaries. He is considered to be a seminal member of the "new Arab cinema", which began to flourish in the 1970s. Its proponents, inspired by political and artistic concerns, and similar to Italy's New Realism, France's Nouvelle Vague, and the US independent and underground movements, worked outside of the studio system, where business incentives dictated form and content. Smihi has taught and lectured at Paris 8 University and at UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies. He has traveled extensively in Greece, France, Italy and in the Middle East, and has lived and worked in Egypt. Today, he divides his time between Tangier and Paris. His production company, IMAGO Film International, founded in 1979, has produced some twenty films and edited books on film theory. Filmography: Si Moh, the Unlucky Man (1971) El Chergui (The East Wind) (1976) 44, or The Tales of the Night (1982) The Big Mirror (1987) The Lady from Cairo (1991) Defending Egyptian Cinema (1990) With Matisse in Tangier (1993) Moroccan Chronicles (1999) Tangiers Trilogy: A Muslim Childhood (2005) Girls and Swallows (2008) Tanjawi (The Sorrows of a Young Tangerian) (2012)
Moumen Smihi's films will be showing as part of the series Moumen Smihi: Poet of Tangier, at the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, through the month of October.