Ashkal Alwan will welcome a screening and conversation with Charif Kiwan from the Abounaddara Collective and filmmaker Rania Stephan.

Here, where latent and extreme violence alternate, we live in a permanent state of urgency. How can documentary filmmakers construct a testimony for the present?

* The conversation will be in Arabic with English translation.

Charif Kiwan (b. 1967, Damascus) studied Political Sciences in Paris. In 2010, he co-founded in Damascus, the Collective of anonymous filmmakers: Abounaddara which produced more than 170 short films, some of which participated in international festivals. Their first film feature documentary, Syria: Snapshots of History in the Making, recently screened on Arte TV. 

Rania Stephan (b., Beirut) studied Cinema Studies in Australia and France. She worked as assistant to renowned filmmakers as well as camera-person and editor in visual anthropology films & documentaries. Her artistic work and film practice explores questions of identity, memory and the archaeology of images.  The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011) is her first feature film (Renaud Victor Prize: FID-Marseille; Best Filmmaker Award: DTF Festival; Artist's Prize: Sharjah Biennale 10).