Internship Project
Cultural Studies

Film History and Cultural Memory in Morocco - The Bouanani Archives

Humboldt-Universität zu Belrin,
Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies
Subject Area
Film and Cultural History, Memory Studies, Post/Decolonial Archival Practices, Gender Studies
Summer Term Internship 2022:
09 May – 29 July
23 May – 12 August
07 June – 26 August

Individual Timeframe Internship:
The dates are arranged individually according to the project's and the student's availability.

Internship Modality:
On-site internship in Berlin
Remote internship

Project Supervisor(s)
Dr. Sarah Dornhof
Academic Level
Advanced undergraduate students (at least 2nd year)
Graduate students
PhD students
English, French, Arabic
Further Information
Project Type
Academic Research
Project Content
The project aims to preserve and activate the private archive of the Bouanani family, a family devoted to cinema, film history, and cultural memory in Morocco. 
Ahmed Bouanani was a poet, writer, film editor, and director; Naïma Saoudi was a costume and set designer, director, actress, producer, scriptwriter, and assistant editor; and their daughter Batoul a dresser and costume designer. They left behind a large number of books, magazines, manuscripts, drawings, scripts, notes, posters, costumes, and accessories. Those objects testify not only to the life and work of the family but more broadly to the cultural history of Morocco, in particular the cultural and political dynamics of the 1960-1980s. 
Touda Bouanani, their daughter and sister, and herself a visual artist, continues the work of archiving and remembering Morocco's cultural and intellectual history, together with a collective of researchers, filmmakers, and artists. The project team takes inventory, preserves, and catalogs the archive in the family home in Rabat, digitizes the materials, and creates an archive platform that will open up further access possibilities and research perspectives. Along with preserving and archiving, research and artistic practices based on the archive also form part of the project, in search of new approaches, methods, and contemporary creation to keep the archive relevant today.
Tasks for Interns
  • Research assistance and developing an own small research project 
  • Archival research
  • Preparing content for the archive platform and website
  • Translating shorter texts: Arabic-French (or English), English-French (not obligatory)
  • Event organization
  • Opportunity to develop and conduct own research within the frame of the project
Academic Level
Advanced undergraduate students (at least 2nd year)
Graduate students
PhD students
  • Interest and (basic) knowledge in film and film history (especially Morocco, Maghreb)
  • Interest in postcolonial history and memory studies
  • Interest in Gender and Queer Studies
  • Interest and (basic) skills in data management and visual communication
  • Organizational skills
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