A PERFECT DAY + RAMAD
Wednesday, July 27
RAMAD (ASHES) (2003, 35mm, 26m, Lebanon, Arabic w/ English subtitles) dir Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. Nabil returns to Beirut with the ashes of his father who died abroad. He tries to overcome his bereavement while his family insists on respecting rites and customs by burying a non-existent corpse.
A PERFECT DAY (2005, 35mm, 88m, Lebanon, Arabic w/ English subtitles) dir Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. This film tracks twenty-four hours in the life of Malek, who lives in Beirut. Malek has both sleep apnea, a syndrome which interrupts his breathing during sleep, and narcolepsy. He lives with his mother, Claudia, who has still not accepted his father’s disappearance 15 years earlier. She stays at home in case her husband returns. Malek drives around the city in search of Zeina, the woman he loves, but who no longer wants to see him. Each of them is trying to live with a void of lost love, but today may be , the “perfect day” to lay their ghosts to rest. Malek has convinced his hesitant mother to declare her husband officially dead. And that evening, in a trendy nightclub, Zeina looks ready to give Malek a second shot.
This summer’s series presents a retrospective of the collaborative film projects of Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. Often blending history and fantasy, Hadjithomas and Joreige’s work captures the mood and contradictions of Lebanon in the post-war moment. They use film to untangle representation from its referent, and their work engages the construction of memory from fact and fiction.