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Sunday, October 2, 11:00am

NEIGHBOR ABDI (2022, DCP, short, 29m, Dutch and Somali w/ English subtitles) dir. Douwe Dijkstra w/Abdiwahab Ali. The Netherlands, Somalia. How can you understand a violent past? Somali-born Abdi is a furniture designer and support worker. He reenacts his life, marked by war and criminality, with the help of his neighbor and filmmaker Douwe. Through playful reconstructions in a special effects studio, Abdi and Douwe embark on a candid and investigative journey through a painful history, focusing on the creative process throughout.

MRS EL ARABY (2022, DCP, short, 1m, Arabic and English) dir. May Ziade w/Mona Khaouli. United Kingdom. Mrs El Araby is a short experimental film that explores the restricted space within which Arab women are allowed to exist in western media.

VIRTUAL VOICE (2021, DCP, short, 7m, English) dir. Suzannah Mirghani. Sudan, Qatar. This is a satirical review of our times. Suzi doll is an ego-warrior. My online avatar, marching to the algorithms of social media. She is lit by temporary outrage. A trending indignation. A passion that is fashion. A politics of the popular. Her activism is abstract. Her help is hypothetical. We know many girls like Suzi, and many times we are her: vacuous virtual voices, echoing injustices.

T’EMBRASSER SUR LE MIEL (2021, DCP, short, 20m, Arabic w/English subtitles) dir. Khalil Cherti w/Reem Ali, Georges Daaboul. France, Syria. Siwam lives somewhere in Syria. Rawad lives somewhere else in Syria. Despite the chaos, they decide to communicate by sending each other videos. By witnessing the home movies they made for each other, we discover their connection and the world they create.

THE EYES THAT NEVER SEE (2021, DCP, short, 12m, Korean and Arabic w/English subtitles) dir. Dina Mimi. Palestine. Ram(z)I is a lonely, working-class man who died twice. Ram(z)I was renamed as soon as his first body died to die again in Jerusalem, buried under a dusty ground while digging for artifacts of a 6000 year-old ancient city. This film explores the obsession of a settler state that continuously excavates to find artifacts to trace history and invent a new one.

AND THEN THEY BURN THE SEA (2021, DCP, short, 12m, Arabic w/English subtitles) dir. Majid Al-Remaihi. Qatar. Through an elegiac contemplation on familial memory and loss, filmmaker Majid Al-Remaihi ruminates on the experience of witnessing his mother’s gradual and terminal memory loss over the course of many years. Weaving a personal family archive with reenacted dreams and rituals, the film underlines the promise of cinema as a medium for memories even at their most irretrievable.

ECHOLOCATION (2021, DCP, short, 9m, Iraqi Turkish (Turkman) and English w/English subtitles) dir. Nadia Shihab. US, Iraq, Yemen. The rain in Oakland, my grandmother’s home in Baghdad, my aunts’ voices in What’s App, my daughter learning to count to ten, my brother playing the darbuka, the cicadas in Texas, the walls of my studio, the search for new forms.

SUN 11AM $10


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