The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) hosts the world premiere of Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj’s first feature-length film, Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl on Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30 pm. Feel free to let me know if you’d be interested in covering the film and if I can help with any follow up information. A trailer for the film may be viewed here.
During the course of a day, Hajjaj follows a businesswoman named Karima and her friends, who work as henna artists in Jemaa el-Fnaa, the historic market in Marrakesh’s old city. From the quiet confines of Karima’s home to the bustling market, where the women and one man woo tourists into adorning their bodies with henna, the film captures the humor, creativity, and strength of the “henna girls.” Set against the vibrant background of the city, Karima provides a glimpse into the life of a Moroccan woman and the colorful world that inspires Hajjaj’s work.
Hassan Hajjaj and the film’s principals, including Karima, take part in a Q&A after the screening. This program coincides with LACMA’s exhibition Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art from the Middle East (part one), featuring 25 works from LACMA’s growing collection of contemporary Middle Eastern art, including two photographs by Hassan Hajjaj: Caravane (2011) and Gang of Kesh (2000).