Films followed by a Q&A with Director Raed Andoni
Documentary | 98′ | 2009
Film-maker Raed Andoni uses his own physical and emotional maladies and that of his fellow Palestinians as a metaphor for the calamitous history of his homeland. On the sofa with his psychotherapist, a recurrent theme is the madness that is part of daily life in Palestine. How can one not go mad under military occupation, oppression and continuous violations of human rights? In an environment where everything revolves around collective consciousness and group identity, the quest for individuality is the central theme of this fascinating and moving study.
Born in 1967 in the West Bank, Raed Andoni founded DAR FILMS, an independent production company based in Ramallah city, in 1993. Through Dar Films he produced and secured a wide international broadcasting for a number of award-winning films such as The Inner Tour, Live From Palestine and Invasion. His first documentary as a director, Improvisation (2005), produced in association with Arte, was a great success at festivals. Eye on Palestine will screen Andoni’s long feature, Fix Me (2010), which premiered in Sundance film festival and Cannes and Dubai, before its release in European theaters. Fix Me won several prizes around the world such as the SCAM award for “the best documentary of the year in France” and the Tanit d’Or at Cartage film festival 2011.
We began by measuring distance
Documentary | 19′ | 2009
Long still frames, text, language, and sound are weaved together to unfold the narrative of an anonymous group who fill their time by measuring distance. Innocent measurements transition into political ones, examining how image and sound communicate with history. We Began by Measuring Distance explores an ultimate disenchantment with facts when the visual fails to communicate with the tragedy.
Basma Alsharif was born in Kuwait in 1983 to Palestinian parents and raised in France and the US. She is a visual artist using moving and still images, sound and language to explore the anonymous individual in relation to political history and collective memory. She received a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2007 and has been working in Cairo, Beirut, and Amman since then. Her work has shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally. At the 9th Edition of the Sharjah Bienniale, she received a jury prize for her work and she was awarded the Fundación Marcelino Botín Visual Arts Grant in 2009-2010.