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SCREEN: Community Cinema from Karachi to Los Angeles

Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema, image courtesy of Yaminay Nasir Chaudhri

SCREEN: Community Cinema from Karachi to Los Angeles


 This outdoor film screening brings together two community cinema initiatives whose work reflects the cultural infrastructure of the cities they operate in. Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema, a project of the Tentative Collective, works with residents of Karachi, Pakistan, to produce films made entirely of mobile phone footage, enabling its collaborators to share their daily lives using a cheap and improvisational technology. The Echo Park Film Center is a microcinema in Los Angeles’s Echo Park neighborhood that teaches and empowers members of the community to view and create films. This screening includes work by both organizations that reflects cinema as a tool for expressing the narratives of immigrant communities whose notion of place, security, and citizenship is in constant flux.

This is an outdoor screening taking place on a concrete surface at the Aileen Getty Plaza at MOCA Geffen–visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and cushions.