March 7, 2023

Non-Aligned & Ciné-Guerrillas: Scenes from the Labudović Reels Day 2

Mila Turajlić
Maison Française, East Gallery, Buell Hall Columbia University, 515 West 116th Street, New York, NY, 10027
Free and open to the public
Over two days, the Institute for Ideas and Imagination together with the Maison Française will proudly present a preview screening of filmmaker Mila Turajlić’s new documentary diptych of two feature-length films that take us on an archival road trip through the birth of the Third World Project, based on unseen 35mm materials filmed by Stevan Labudović, the cameraman of Yugoslav President Tito.

On March 7 at 6:00 p.m. there will be a preview screening of the second half of the diptych: Ciné-Guerrillas. The film plunges us into the media battle that played out during the Algerian war for independence where cinema was mobilized as a weapon of political struggle against colonialism.

The screening will be followed by a conversation between Mila Turajlić and Elaine Mokhtefi.

Mila Turajlić is a documentary film-maker and archive scholar. Born in Belgrade she directed and produced the award-winning films The Other Side of Everything and Cinema Komunisto. In 2020-21 she was a Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris.

Elaine Mokhtefi was born in New York and moved to Paris in her twenties. She participated in the struggle for Algerian independence. She lived in Algiers from 1962 to 1974, a period described in her 2018 memoir, Algiers: Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers.

About the project

The films are part of a long-term artistic research project titled Non-Aligned Newsreels. Developed via ongoing collaboration with Filmske Novosti – the Yugoslav Newsreels, it seeks to re-activate the collection of materials filmed by their cameraman across the non-aligned world, from cinematic collaborations with newly-independent countries in the 1950s to footage shot for liberation movements in the 1960s and 1970s. A multimedia project spanning films, video installations, live performance and a book, and an evolving web portal at

Ciné-Guerrillas, 2022, 94 min, Serbian/French/Arabic/English, English Subtitles.

This event is sponsored by the Maison Française, the Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination.

Heyman Center for the Humanities



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