2019 in Martigues, France, the French national amputees football team played against their counterparts from the Gaza Strip. Patrice Forget gives us an uncompromising documentary on the brutality of which Gazans are victims. With respect and empathy, the film focusses on the courage of these young men despite their handicap and their disastrous living conditions in the Gaza Strip.
Drawing upon his Iraqi-Jewish heritage, Michael Rakowitz critiques ongoing systems of colonization in his sculptural and participatory work. The artist recounts a formative memory from his childhood, when his mother took him to see reliefs depicting the lion hunt of Ashurbanipal in the Assyrian galleries at the British Museum and posed the question, “What is this doing here?” For Rakowitz, this moment crystalized his understanding of museums as places of extraction, colonization, and crime. In his work today, Rakowitiz explores ways to subvert the imperialist role of museums, interrogate the value they place on objects over people, and create ongoing systems for repair and accountability.
Two months after the massive explosion that devastated Beirut, the inhabitants of the city are still reeling from the force of the blast and the accumulated evil they have been subjected to for decades. Carol Mansour explored her city in the aftermath of the blast, talking to friends and exchanging reflections on what has happened and its implications on them, in candid unscripted voice note messages. Feelings of helplessness, frustration and overwhelming anger at the political class, permeate this short film as we are taken on a tour of the destruction of homes, livelihoods and lives.
The Palestinian refugee Ibrahim Harb spent his life photographing people, telling their stories by transferring moments of their lives in a way that radiates Palestinian values and struggles. His granddaughter Bissan, followed her grandfather's way as she drew a road map of her journey to find beauty through the camera lens that her grandfather gave her. To My Grandfather is trying to refresh the memory with stories, memories and feelings.
A film by Aesha Balaha main character Bissan Harb
Wajib, or A Duty, is an experimental short film that explores the Koufiyyeh Scarf as mask-- something that can protect.
This film is an intimate response to a recent personal experience that occurred in New York City, one month before the Covid-19 shutdown. A passerby pointed to the scarf around my neck and called it, "a terrorist scarf."
Spanish director Jan Pauls brings to life a photograph taken by Emad Nassar in Gaza in 2015 depicting two girls being cared for by their father. What they call 'home' may be something else from now on.