Akram Zaatari. Beirut Exploded Views
Lebanon, 2014, original version Spanish subtiles, colour, 28'
Avi Mograbi. Between Fences
France, Israel, 2016, original version Spanish subtiles, colour, 84'
With a presentation by Avi Mograbi. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film director
There will be a second screening of these movies on Sunday, April 2 at 5 p.m.
Avi Mograbi and Akram Zaatari, Israeli film-maker and Lebanese artist, respectively, play out a theatrical strategy and employ different performance tools to begin a process of healing or, at the very least, an expression of the traumatic experiences suffered by displaced people during their transit towards a place of confinement. Akram Zaatari presents a future of technological reclusion and dreamed-about hope through a situation frozen into longed-for gestures and bodies, which recreate the refugee’s wait in Beirut. In Mograbi’s film, on the other hand, refugees withstand the tough prison conditions imposed upon them in the Israeli detention centre of Holot, whilst also remaking their subjectivity and explaining their living conditions by designing a stage piece inspired by the thesis of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. The film looks at two seemingly opposite registers which manage to unite in the same search: individual resistance from collective theatre.