Poet and translator Sarah Riggs hosts film screening at Tulane on March 14

Poet and translator Sarah Riggs will host a film screening of Six Lives: A Cinepoem and The Tangier 8 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14, at Tulane University’s Newcomb Hall, Room 403.

Six Lives: A Cinepoem revolves around six writers, six texts by Virginia Woolf, and six seaside landscapes. The multiplication of people and texts opens the film up to build layers of image, text and sound, and their references reveal dialogues across years and regions, between the writers, with Virginia Woolf, between objects, languages, and paintings.

The Tangier 8 were produced by eight poets and filmmakers from France, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, and the United States. These four poet-filmmaker pairs collaborated using Super 8 film and writing original text to create experimental “film-poems.” They had just four days to film, four days for sound, and four days for editing. The artists took inspiration from the city of Tangiers.

Sarah Riggs is the author of five books of poetry in English and has translated and co-translated six books of contemporary French poetry into English. She directed the film Six Lives: A Cinepoem (2013), which has screened at galerie éof in Paris, and Anthology Film Archives in New York, and produced The Tangier 8 (2009), which has screened at the Berlin Film Festival and the Tate Modern Museum among other international venues.

Riggs is also co-founder and co-director of the non-profit organization Tamaas, a trilingual cross-cultural arts organization that facilitates innovative projects in Morocco, France, and the United States. She currently teaches at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

This event is free and open to the public, and is the last event in the Cultural Intersections: Morocco, France, USA speakers’ series. Riggs’s appearance is made possible with the generous support of the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French Studies, the Department of English, and the Tamaas Foundation.