My Name Is Not Ali
Documentary | Egypt, Germany | 2011 | 94 min.
His anti-racist film Ali – Fear Eats Soul (1973) gained German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder international acclaim. The protagonist, an Arab foreign worker, was played by Moroccan El Hedi Ben Salem M’barek Mohammed Mustafa, Fassbinder’s lover at that time. Collage-like, through interviews of his colleagues, family and archive material, the film courageously deals with the racism of post-war German society, the complexity of the real El Hedi Ben Salem – victim vs ambivalent aggressor – and the invention by the Fassbinder troupe, an image not revised by most of its members till today.
Co-presented by Frameline (www.frameline.org); BibiSF.org; Helem - San Francisco chapter; Southwest Asian and North African Bay Area Queers (SWANABAQ)