The research project by curators Koyo Kouoh and Rasha Salti spans three generations of filmmakers who studied in the USSR at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) from the 1960s to the late 1980s.
By bringing to light their little-known stories in Moscow and in other regions of the former Soviet Union, as well as influences that contributed to the aesthetic and ideological language of their films, the project represents a major breakthrough in the understanding of African and Arab film studies. On July 30, 2015, Koyo Kouoh, Rasha Salti, Catarina Simão, Ali Essafi, Filipa César, and Philippe Rekacewicz took part in a seminar that reflected on the academic canon of film studies. Saving Bruce Lee is an attempt to re-write the cinematic canons and explore the place these "third world" VGIK graduates occupy within it by acknowledging and researching Soviet stylistic influences in their work.
Researchers: Koyo Kouoh, Rasha Salti