The Green Line/My Name is Not Ali
The Green Line/5min
Two very different women notice each other on the subway. Fascinated by their contrasting forms of attire, the strangers become entangled in a glancing game that quickly descends into a war of dirty looks. Meanwhile, another commuter has let his imagination take over while observing their exchange! Hala Alsalman, director of AFF 2009 official selection short, Phatwa, returns with The Green Line. Set in Montreal's metro system, this quirky silent film explores the way people judge each other based on their appearance.
My Name is Not Ali/94min
His anti-racist film Ali Fear Eats Soul (1973) gained German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder international acclaim. The protagonist, an Arab foreign worker, was played by Moroccan El Hedi Ben Salem M'barek Mohammed Mustafa, Fassbinder's lover at that time.
Collage-like, through interviews of his colleagues, family and archive material, the film courageously deals with the racism of post-war German society, the complexity of the real El Hedi Ben Salem victim vs ambivalent aggressor and the invention by the Fassbinder troupe, an image not revised by most of its members till today.
Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinema (View)
One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level
San Francisco, CA 94111