MOONSCAPE + AS ABOVE, SO BELOW/ كما في السماء، كذلك على الأرض
Friday, October 1, 7:00pm
MOONSCAPE (2020, DCP, 17m, Palestine, Arabic with English subtitles) dir Mona Benyamin. Experimental short/Music video. Moonscape is a short film which takes the form of a music video for a ballad/middle of the road song, performed as a duet between a male and female singer in Arabic. The song traces the story of a man called Dennis M. Hope, who claimed ownership of the Moon in 1980 and thus founded the Lunar Embassy––a company that sells land on a variety of planets and Moons––and the film makes a connection between his story and that of the director’s––a young Palestinian woman living under the Israeli occupation, longing to end the misery of her people in any way possible.
*A moonscape is an area or vista of the lunar landscape (generally of the Earth’s moon), or a visual representation of this, such as in a painting. The term “moonscape” is also sometimes used metaphorically for an area devastated or flattened by war, often by shelling.
AS ABOVE, SO BELOW (2020, DCP, 70m, Lebanon, Arabic with English subtitles) dir Sarah Francis. Documentary feature. A group of people roam in a bare landscape around a set of swings as their only settlement, as if mapping, exploring, reorganizing the open territory they are in. As they move, changes in soundscapes make them virtually cross geographies. In the sky, a moon-like satellite roves above their heads, following them like an omen. The moon, once symbolizing cyclical times, myths, and new beginnings, is now the satellite waiting to be conquered and colonized. Reality and fantasy intertwine in an existential quest. Is a new beginning really possible? As below, so above.