Video Works 2015 - Screening Program

past Video Works 2015
9 June 2015
Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
10 June 2015
Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11 June 2015
Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Event Type Video screenings

Location Metropolis Empire Sofil CHECK THE MAP

Downloadable material Arabic & English Brochure

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Programme
Tuesday, June 9
8 pm Jerusalem Pink | Maeve Brennan
8.45 pm Becoming Wreckage | Maxime Hourani
9.10 pm The Video Story | Vartan Avakian
9.30 pm BREAK
9.40 pm 12 | Mohamed Berro
10 pm It’s The War in Syria That Killed Her | Nadim Tabet and Karine Wehbé
10.45 pm Notes on the Present | Stéphanie Ghazal

Wednesday, June 10
8 pm 96.2.2 | May Kassem
8.40 pm This Lightness, I Have Lost It Forever | Haig Aivazian
9.15 pm Karaoke | Raed Yassin
9.30 pm BREAK
9.45 pm The Video Story | Vartan Avakian
10 pm Becoming Wreckage | Maxime Hourani
10.20 pm Jerusalem Pink | Maeve Brennan

Thursday, June 11
8 pm Notes on the Present | Stéphanie Ghazal
8.15 pm It’s The War in Syria That Killed Her | Nadim Tabet and Karine Wehbé
9.00 pm 12 | Mohamed Berro
9.20 pm BREAK
9.30 pm This Lightness, I Have Lost It Forever | Haig Aivazian
10.05 pm Karaoke | Raed Yassin
10.30 pm 96.2.2 | May Kassem
Description of Work
Jerusalem Pink | Maeve Brennan
DCP | 30” | 2015 | Arabic and English with English and Arabic subtitles

An archaeologist, a stone worker, a geologist and an architect talk about stone in Palestine. Jerusalem Pink documents an architectural survey of the Dome of the Rock, and the processes of its repair and restoration.

Becoming Wreckage | Maxime Hourani
DCP | 20” | 2015 | Arabic with English subtitles

I was taking filmic notes from my window, as a bystander, four years ago. I was observing from a distance the demolition of almost-abandoned stone buildings, en route to becoming archaeological. These buildings were desecrated artifacts, fragmented to the point of just becoming matter. While I was revisiting my filmic notes, I found out that they are also disintegrating materially, revealing an intuitive vitality that calls me back to look at them — driving me to follow paths that bifurcate and loop, observing, recording, keeping track, evidencing, producing an accumulation of images.

Camera: Karam Ghoussein, Maxime Hourani, Liana Kassir, Renaud Pachot, Rami Sabbagh

DCP | 15” | 2015 | Arabic with English subtitles

He bought a video camera in 1985, and nothing has been the same since. “Films are what is real”, he told me. Some years later he asked for Nicole Ballan’s leaked sextape.

12 | Mohammed Berro
DCP | 20” | 2015 | Arabic with English subtitles
On Sunday the 12th of September 1993, eleven dead bodies were found in an apartment in Ghobeiry in the southern suburbs of Beirut. This remains the sole case of mass suicide ever to be recorded in the modern history of Lebanon.

With Ghassan Maasri, Abdel Halim Berro – Camero: Mohamed Berro, Bettina Reinisch – Sound: Toni Geitani, Jad Youssef
It's The War in Syria That Killed Her - Nadim Tabet and Karine Wehbé
DCP | 45” | 2015 | Arabic with English subtitles

Lebanon. 2014. Between the Syrian war and the war in Gaza, the region is on the brink of collapse. A man and a woman fall in love. One is Palestinian and lives in the camps, the other, well-off, comes from Beirut’s affluent circles. Their friends respectively wonder about their disappearance. Did she commit suicide? Did they flee together? Did he emigrate to Europe or is he fighting in Syria? All assumptions are woven into an everyday laden with urban and political contradictions. Impossible love and its challenges, the uncertain future, social cleavages, geographical constraints, life in the camps, dignity denied, the return of the unspoken, of fantasies and fear: all are entangled and returned to form an incomplete and strange partition.

With Caroline Hatem, Zalfa Seurat, Ahmad El Khalili, Oussama Abbas Dbouk – Camera: Tala Khoury, Nadim Tabet – Music: Charbel Haber – Voice Over: May Kassem, Youssef Al-Kabra
Notes on the Present | Stéphanie Ghazal
DCP | 15” | 2015 | Arabic with English subtitles

Goose bumps invade every inch of my body, and then fade away, leaving my flesh still and cold as marble. It all eludes me as soon as it happens: his presence, the time I share with him, and the memory of it. I foolishly try to make it linger, past the moment: Cut. Keep. Freeze. Hold.
But our bodies seem doomed to melt into air. What is it then that lovers keep of each other?

With Jad Salameh, Stéphanie Ghazal – Editing: Stéphanie Ghazal, Latfi Al-Salah – Music: Jad Salameh
96.2.2 | May Kassem
DCP| 40”| 2015 | Arabic, French, and English with English, Arabic, and French subtitles

This is the second chapter of a series of portraits of radio producers at Radio Liban. In the Beirut of the 1980s, Wafa Khochen’s voice started riding radio waves into people’s homes and cars, introducing the rock ‘n’ roll of the 1960s and ‘70s. Through conflict and crises, Wafa has continued to weave her tapestry of sound and memories to this present day. As her show Flashback is broadcast from the emblematic national radio station, we are transported with the listeners to tangential spaces, parallel worlds and bygone eras, all connected through sound.

With Wafa Khochen and Ramsey Khattar
This Lightness, I Have Lost It Forever | Haig Aivazian
DCP | 35” | 2015 | English with Arabic subtitles

Way up in the clouds, in a Manhattan hotel suite on the 28th floor of an urban oasis overlooking New York’s unstable architecture, an encounter – at once ghostly and very corporeal – results from, reflects and produces falls, rises and recoveries.

Editing: Carine Doumit – Sound: Raed Younan
Karaoke | Raed Yassin
Video, VHS | 22” | 2015 | English and Arabic subtitles

Karaoke begins as a story about childhood rivalries and a mother’s innocent mistake, causing pre-pubescent dreams of becoming a child star to be devastated and crushed – silently and without incident. Until one day, when those feelings of resentment suddenly rise back to the surface upon watching a wandering VHS tape, on which the scene of a star-studded concert takes place. Alongside this grainy colorful footage, the details of that dreaded day begin to reveal themselves, while the hips of a belly dancer shake, or an angelic voice woos an applauding audience. Gradually, the narrative transforms from an adorable episode from infancy, to a deeply personal and tragic portrayal of memory, loss, and the towering figure that is the mother.

About the Artists
Maeve Brennan
Maxime Hourani
Vartan Avakian
Mohamed Berro
Nadim Tabet and Karine Wehbé
Stéphanie Ghazal
May Kassem
Haig Aivazian
Raed Yassin
Getting There
Metropolis Empire Sofil
Ashrafieh, Sofil
Centre Sofil, Ground floor
Phone: +961 1 204080

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