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Arab Women Filmmaking: storytelling beyond the Orientalist gaze.

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Arab Women Filmmaking: storytelling beyond the Orientalist gaze.


Our second event of our program “LP for & by women”.The focus of this evening is to think together on the Arab women storytelling through filmmaking. We start with a film screening and then a panel discussion. What is the importance of women storytelling in Arab filmmaking? What are the challenges? How do we face them ? Along with Rand Abou Fakher, Zeina Alqahwaji and Sarah Trad, we will be asking those questions and try find answers together. The aim is to to involve the audience in answering those questions, and most importantly finding new toolsThe program:
12:00 Experimental Installation Launch : Abir, Forever (2021) - Sarah TradAbir, Forever is a looping science fiction video installation that includes dozens of glitches made using the free audio editing software, Audacity. Using footage from an Abir music video, the glitch results create a dreamy hellscape where a belly dancer, who is distorted to be beautiful and demonic at times, dances infinitely in a digital desert that often engulfs her in colorful flames.
7:00 - 8:30: Film screeningSo We Live (2020) 15' - Rand Abou Fakher
A family in a living room, shot in one take. The blackout curtains are drawn. Everyone tries to keep calm and go about their usual business while outside, bombs are falling. But everyone’s nerves are on edge. Everyday life in a permanent state of emergency.
BELGIAN AVANT PREMIER - Sugar Cage (2019) 60' - Zeina AlqahwajiIn an attempt to record a standstill life, the filmmaker trains her camera to examine the intimate life of her aging parents over the course of 8 years since the beginning of a civil movement followed by a war in Syria. Observing scenes of isolation, fear and stagnancy that overshadow life at home. Yet they are still equated with enough sensibilities and love bonding them together against the heaviness of time and war.
8:30 - 10:00 : Panel Discussion

More on the filmmakers:Rand Abou Fakher:
A multidisciplinary Syrian artist. She obtained her studies as a flautist in the National Conservatory of Damascus. Her second short film So We Live was premiered in the international competition of the Berlinale 70th Edition and won various prizes including Oscars Qualifying Awards. She coordinated film and music production and performed in theatre.Zeina Alqahwaji:
Syrian filmmaker, obtained her documentary filmmaking master degree in 2017 with “DocNomads”/ Erasmus Mundus joint master program. in 2019; she finished her first feature length documentary (Sugar Cage), premiered at Dok Leipzig 2019 in Germany. The film was granted the best feature prize at the Ismailia Film Festival in Egypt 2021.Sarah Trad:
Philadelphia-based artist who explores the relationship between subjective and objective emotionality, including the intersection of mental illness and marginalized identities as their own internal worlds. Trad is the recipient of the Rutland Vermont Art Center 77Art Artist Residency, the Plyspace Residency and Fellowship awarded by the Muncie Council for Arts and Culture, and Carol N. Schmuckler Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film. Currently, she is working on creating an A/V technology exchange and rental program between multiple artist collectives in Philadelphia, as a way to promote the exhibition of media art, as well as offering a space for curators of marginalized backgrounds.



Date & Time
Tuesday
March 22, 2022
6:30 PM 8:00 PM Europe/Brussels
Location

Lagrange Points Brussels

Rue des tanneurs 114
1000 Brussels
Belgium
+32466301885
lagrangepointsbxl@gmail.com
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Lagrange Points Brussels

+32466301885
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