An unpredictable expression of human potential | Film Screenings

Dates: November 15 – November 28, 2017
Location: Beirut Art Center

Films being shown in Hicham Khalidi’s exhibition for the Sharjah Biennial 13’s Act II, “An unpredictable expression of human potential,” will be screened at 8 pm throughout the month of November.

Wednesday 15 november

Also Known as Jihadi (120’), 2017
Eric Baudelaire

Produced in the wake of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, the film traces the journey and trial of a young man from the suburbs of Paris who traveled via Egypt to Syria to join ISIS. the subject’s path to radicalism is explored both through judicial transcripts and through a series of landscape shots filmed at the locations traversed by the subject: a biography determined not by what the subject did, but by what the subject saw. Baudelaire’s film positions itself as both a remake and a test of the landscape theory proposed by Japanese filmmaker Masao Adachi in his 1969 masterpiece a.k.a. serial killer, questioning how these landscapes reflect the social and political structures that form the backdrop for this journey of alienation and return.

Wednesday 22 November

New Town Utopia (33’), 2017
Christopher Ian Smith

Basildon in Essex is well known for being the hometown of both Depeche Mode and Yazoo, but also suffers from a pretty terrible reputation. built as a ‘new town,’ it was part of a plan to create social utopias and a “new type of citizen,” but the town is now a cultural void. New Town Utopia explores these grand dreams and the harsh realities of life in Basildon and the characters depicted in the film are all artists and musicians from the town. they range from Steve Walters (the puppeteer behind old man Stan) to key players in the early 80’s electro scene.

From Left to Night (34’), 2015
Wendelien van Oldenborgh

From Left to Night (2015) is an experimental film production in which a number of seemingly unconnected players, places, events, subjects and histories are drawn from a London neighborhood – an area of deprivation bordered by the wealthiest sites of the city. over the course of a two-day film shoot, a meeting occurs between six people, three locations and the various subjects and forms of knowledge that they bring with them. these include urban tensions – such as the unresolved histories of the 2011 London riots – as well as new feminist and racial theories, music, 1960s idealist architecture and the ways in which each of the protagonists relates to these concerns.

Wednesday 28 November

Mahjouba (44’), 2016 — ongoing
Eric van Hove

The Mahjouba initiative is Eric van Hove’s long term post-fordist project combining African craft, 3-D printing, and industrial production. directed by Moroccan filmmaker Meriem Abid, this film casts the artists’ team of craftsmen impersonating themselves in van hove’s atelier in Marrakesh. the film aims to give a context and background to the Mahjouba initiative, by rooting it in a contemporary Moroccan context. the ongoing artistic project aims to reintegrate African craft into mainstream industry by manufacturing electric mopeds for local markets, primarily using materials and techniques from the craft sector. the initiative directly responds to the presence of nearly three million craftsmen in morocco whose trade is increasingly threatened by globalization, and the Noor power station project that proposes to generate 42 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020.

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