"Searching the Seams: Calamity, Place and Identity in Arab Film and Moving Image"

Mohamed Al-Daradji (filmmaker), Basma Al Sharif (artist) and Ahmad Ghossein (filmmaker)

Moderated by Silvia Naef (Director, Middle East Master’s Programme, Global Studies Institute, and Full Professor at the Arabic Unit Section, University of Geneva)

Date: Saturday, 27 November
Time: 11:00 am-12:00 pm GST
Venue: Online

In this moderated session, two Arab filmmakers and an artist working in moving image discuss how the Middle East, and its complex past and present, is represented through their work. How can practitioners from within, make sense of a region thrust into unending calamity or capture a lived experience marred by precarity? How can the medium of film and video convey to those outside, the multiplicity of identities in the Arab World, of ways of life, fragile and resilient, and  of modes of resistance, large and small? This conversation will explore how a new generation of Arab practitioners are excavating the political history that has brought us to the precipice as well as how a different future might at once be imagined and foretold.

More information in the Sharjah Art Foundation website.