The (In)Visibilities of Hakim Belabbes’s Ashlaa
Associate Professor, French and Comparative Literary Studies
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This paper investigates the relationship between the visible and invisible in Ashlaa, by the Moroccan director, Hakim Belabbes. Linking memory and history with the structure of the film, this analysis also explores the ways in which the film enfolds the transcendental into the visual field and into the fabric of filmmaking.
Nasrin Qader is an associate professor of French and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. She has authored of a number of articles on African Literatures by authors such as Moussa Ouled Ebnou of Mauritania, Mohammad Berrad of Morocco, Boubacar Boris Diop of Senegal, and Yasmina Khadra of Algeria. Her first book, published by Fordham University Press in 2009, is Narrative of Catastrophe Boris Diop, ben Jelloun, Khatibi. Currently, she is working on her second book project entitled provisionally “The Folds of Light and Shadow: Of Visuality and Writing.”