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Colorful photocollage of faces actors from film, some in black and white and others in color. The background shows a scky with a large Easter Island sculture, and an image from the film The Wizard of Oz showing the characters walking towards the Emerald City.

Hedi El Kholti & Abdellah Taïa: Toward the sea, Where we meet

TUE JUN 15, 2021 7 PM PDT

The first Arab writer/filmmaker to publicly declare his homosexuality, Abdellah Taïa explores sexuality and contemporary Moroccan culture through transgressive, often autobiographical work. The award winning author adapted one of his nine novels, Salvation Army, for his directorial debut, which was selected for the Venice Film Festival and TIFF. Taïa joins Made in L.A. 2020 artist Hedi El Kholti in conversation about their first encounter, their shared experiences growing up queer in Morocco, and their deeply personal journeys translating these experiences into writing, art, and film.


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