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The Tempest Society

Bouchra Khalili

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Three individuals from different backgrounds form a group in Athens to examine the current state of Greece and Europe from a theatre stage, approached as a space of the civic and collective art form. Their theatrical experiment is captured on film by the Moroccan-French artist Bouchra Khalili. They name themselves The Tempest Society to pay homage to Al Assifa (‘The Tempest’ in Arabic), a theatre group active in Paris in the 70s that invented the format of a ‘theatrical newspaper’. Composed of immigrant workers and French students, Al Assifa addressed the daily struggle against inequality and racism in France. 40 years after, the forgotten legacy of Al Assifa finds a site for reactivation in Greece.