Akram Zaatari has produced more than forty videos, a dozen books, and countless installations of photographic material. His work pursues a range of interconnected themes, subjects, and practices related to excavation, political resistance, the lives of former militants, the legacy of an exhausted left, intimacies among men, and the circulation of images in times of war.

This film takes the photographic archive of Hashem el Madani as a starting point to talk about a city, a photographic practice, and a technology of producing images. It is based on a series of staged interventions using photographs, light, machines, and devices that record and display images to reconstruct a universe inhabited by a different time.