Films, Jazz, art & much more in Amman this week

February 2, 2014

On Monday at the Rainbow Theater the Algerian film “The Rooftops (Les Terrasses)” will be screened in the presence of the producer Marianne Dumoulin (7:00 pm). The film’s story takes place in five historic neighborhoods of the Capital, where the terraces are gradually transformed into living spaces. Five stories, independent of each other, get intertwined and clash in one day. “The Rooftops”, with its multiple tales and various characters, is an open air scene mirroring the contradictions and conflicts that undermine Algerian society. Merzak Allouach won the Best Director Award for “The Rooftops” at Abu Dhabi Film Festival last year, as well as the FIPRESCI Award. The film was in competition at the Venice Biennale in 2013, and participated in numerous festivals including: BFI in London, Villa Medicis in Italy, Kerala Film Festival in India, Febiofest Prague Film Festival.

On Tuesday, Darat al Funun will launch the book “Arab Art Histories” from The Khalid Shoman Collection (6:30 pm). This extensive publication brings together the voices of artists, architects, curators, art critics, and scholars to reflect on the Khalid Shoman Collection and its potential role in narrating a regional art history. The book consists of three interwoven parts: (1) academic essays by scholars from different disciplines examining a range of art historical concerns through art works from the Collection, (2) personal reflections by artists, curators, critics, and scholars who have lived the history of Darat al Funun, and (3) the works by the over one hundred and forty artists forming the Collection, reflecting the shifts and transformations in the region’s artistic practices over the last four decades.

Also on Tuesday, “The Levant Quartet” will play a mixture of jazz, blues, swing, and jazzed-up pop covers in Blue Fig (9:00 pm).

Jacaranda Images exhibits a collection by a variety of artists titled “Small is Beautiful”. It is an invitation for close inspection of detail that makes smaller artworks a joy to contemplate. Paintings, prints and sculptures from Australia, London, Spain and Jordan are brought together showing that small is indeed beautiful. The opening reception will take place on Wednesday at 6 pm.

For details on these events and many more, check out 7iber’s calendar, and if we missed anything you think we should add, drop us a line at [email protected]