Video Works 2014

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6 April 2014
Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
7 April 2014
Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
8 April 2014
Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Event Type Video Works 2014

Location Metropolis Empire Sofil CHECK THE MAP

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Sunday, April 6
8 pm غِشاء a thin soft layer of… | Jad Youssef
9 pm Mondial 2010 | Roy Dib
9:20 pm BREAK
9:30 pm Judith | Romain Hamard
10 pm Have You Ever Killed a Bear? or Becoming Jamila | Marwa Arsanios

Monday, April 7
8 pm Nawal’s Rituals | Sarah Francis
8:15 pm FRAGMENTS (of a film in the making) | Raed Rafei
8:45 pm BREAK
9 pm E Muet | Corine Shawi

Tuesday, April 8
8 pm Mapping Place Narratives: Beyhum Street | Nadine Beckdache and Juma Hamdo
8:35 pm Golden Rush | Chloé Griffin and Siska
9:15 pm BREAK
9:30 pm The Sheikh Imam Project | Gheith Al-Amine
9:40 pm Syria: Snapshots of History in the Making | Abounaddara Collective

About the Artists
Abounaddara Collective
Gheith Al-Amine
Marwa Arsanios
Nadine Bekdache and Juma Hamdo
Roy Dib
Sarah Francis
Chloé Griffin and Siska
Romain Hamard
Raed Rafei
Corine Shawi
Jad Youssef
Description of Work
غِشاء a thin soft layer of… – Jad Youssef
DCP | 45” | 2014 | Arabic and French with English subtitles

Najib is a 35-year-old man living alone in Beirut. His daily routine consists of a series of phone calls with his girlfriend whom, for unknown reasons, he cannot see. He is constantly waiting for her, and tries to fill his time with work, watching the videos that his students have made. He focuses on one student, whose videos leave him perturbed.

With Nasri Sayegh, Stephanie Sotiry, Hassan Youssef – Director of Photography Mohamad Berro – Sound Design: Mohamad Khreizat – Script: Jad Youssef – Editing: Jad Youssef and Nour Ouayda
Mondial 2010 - Roy Dib
DCP | 19” | 2013 | Arabic with English subtitles

Mondial 2010 is a film on love and place. A Lebanese couple decides to take a road trip to Ramallah. The film is recorded with their camera as they chronicle their journey. The viewers are invited through the couple’s conversations into the universe of a fading city.

With Abed Kobeissy and Ziad Chakaroun – Sound Engineering: Fadi Tabbal and Stephane Rives (Tunefork Recording Studios)
DCP | 27” | 2014 | English with Arabic subtitles

In a huis clos in an unspecified city, two characters in a hotel room begin a discussion on love, hate, life and death. Interpreted by Julia Kassar and Jadd Tank, the film proposes an adaptation of the voice-over of The Savage Eye, a documentary realized in 1960 in Los Angeles by Ben Maddow, Sydney Meyers and Joseph Strick.

With Julia Kassar and Jadd Tank – Realisation: Romain Hamard – Director of Photography: Zein el Cheikh – Dialogue: Adapted from “The Savage Eye” (1960) by Ben Maddow, Sydney Meyers and Joseph Strick
Have You Ever Killed a Bear? or Becoming Jamila - Marwa Arsanios
DCP | 29” | 2014 | Arabic with English subtitles

This film was developed from a lecture performance realized in 2013, and is part of a larger research around Al Hilal magazine (Cairo) that also includes a book and an installation. It takes the history of the magazine (‘50s and ‘60s collection) as the starting point for an inquiry into Jamila Bouhired, the Algerian freedom fighter. From the different representations of Jamila in cinema to her assimilation and promotion through the magazine, the film attempts to look at the history of socialist projects (Egypt), anti-colonial wars (Algeria), and the way they have promoted and marginalized feminist projects. The clear gender division used to marginalize women from the public sphere was overcome for a short moment during the Algerian war of independence (Jamila becoming its icon). Different voices and material are used to explore this history. What does it mean to play the role of the freedom fighter? What does it mean to become an icon? And how does the constitution of the subject serve certain political purposes?

With Jessika Khazrik – Director of Photography: Karam Ghossein
Nawal's Rituals - Sarah Francis
DCP | 14” | 2014 | Arabic with English subtitles

A woman and a man meet regularly on the beach. She talks, he doesn’t. Isolated from the space and confused by his silence, she tries to make sense of his behaviour, and of her thoughts. The film witnesses three of their encounters. In between, the beach waits.

With Salam Hammoud as Nawal
FRAGMENTS (of a film in the making) - Raed Rafei
DCP | 27” | 2014 | French and Italian with English and Arabic subtitles

A couple embarks on a road trip through different time zones in an impossible attempt to blur all real and imaginary boundaries separating them.
E Muet - Corine Shawi
DCP | 52” | 2013 | Arabic with English subtitles

Nanou’s first true love story comes to an abrupt end. Rajwa treads carefully into a monogamous relationship. From 2008 to 2013, the filmmaker accompanied them through their stories of passion and anguish, carrying with them their determination to arrive at the heart of things: to enter the hidden crevices of love, to uncover truth, all for the ever-elusive goal of understanding the essence of their own complex personalities. She entered their world to find answers to her own questions, to use their lives as her lens for discovering new forms of love.

With Nora Haakh, Nadine Ghanem, Rajwa Tohmé, Johanne Issa, Corine Shawi, Ghalas Charara – Filmed and Directed by Corine Shawi – Editing: Shaghig Arzoumanian and Halim Sabbagh – Sound Design and Mixing: Fadi Tabbal and Stéphane Rives (Tunefork Recording Studios) – Colour Correction: Khalil Abourrousse
Mapping Place Narratives: Beyhum Street - Nadine Bekdache
Blue Ray | 35” | 2014 | Arabic with English subtitles

An image that depicts a futuristic representation of a neighbourhood in Beirut is used as a tool to instigate conversations with the current residents of one of its re-imagined alleys. The urban fabric of Beyhum Street has been organically developing since the end of the 19th century, and part of this alley has been continuously inhabited since the 1940s. It is both a place of residence and of work (small industries, crafts, shops). A number of adjacent plots within the alley now make up a huge construction site for a residential tower. Depicted in the futuristic image as complete and ready for habitation, the scale of the building ¬– besides being unrecognizable by the residents – begs for answers as to what it replaced and how it became a reality.

Camera: Juma Hamdo – Editing: Carine Doumit
Golden Rush - Chloé Griffin and Siska
Blue Ray | 40” | 2014 | French, English and Arabic with English subtitles

Golden Rush was the name of a ‘super night club’ that once existed in Ain El Mreisseh in Beirut. The film Golden Rush explores the city and the surge of people that move and vanish within it, using a language that evokes dream, traffic, seduction, and disappearance.

Music: Patrick Cowley and Christian Blumberg – Sound: Paul Paulun
The Sheikh Imam Project - Gheith Al-Amine
Blue Ray | 8” | 2014

This work is a “performative” audio-visual tribute to the great talent of Sheikh Imam Issa (1918-1995), a revolutionary leftist Egyptian composer/singer who spent 18 years in prison for speaking out against corruption, oppression and injustice in Egypt, the third world and beyond. A piano-forte, a smartphone, an old bulb T.V. and a few lines written on two masking-tape strips compose this vision. This video is also a document of how Arabic music could be played on a German musical instrument.
Syria: Snapshots of History in the Making - Abounaddara Collective
Blue Ray | 53” | 2013 | Arabic with English subtitles

What can cinema do in face of the influx of images and information depicting Syria as a “country of evil “? This is the raison d‘être of the film—an invitation on a journey inside the counter shots of the Syrian news. It opens on Damascus, rocked by cries of freedom and the crackle of fire, and closes on a burial scene that turns into a resurrection. In between, the protagonists march in silence, or speak of their own dramas. From these snapshots unfold fragments of a history in the making, in which the protagonists are neither heroes nor victims, but men and women who happen to be in Syria, but could be elsewhere.
Getting There
Metropolis Empire Sofil
Ashrafieh, Sofil
Centre Sofil, Ground floor
Phone: +961 1 204080

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