Film Screening + Panel Discussion: Artists Respond to Gaza
291 Church St.
212-431-5270 Price: Free
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This double screening and discussion will explore the landscapes of occupation and creativity under siege. The coping strategies and creative impulses that sustain those living in Gaza will be considered alongside the fleeting horizons offered by modern technology. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso, Julian Maynard Smith, Matthew Cassel, Mohammad Hamad, and Heather Tenzer and moderated by exhibition curator Rola Khayyat.
At Home in Gaza and London, 2018, approx. 40 min
Co-directors: Julian Maynard Smith and Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso
Produced by Artsadmin
At Home in Gaza and London follows the lives of people living in two locations separated by great political, economic and physical divides. Using a mix of live-streaming and recorded video, a shared performance space is created where artists work together. They occupy each other’s homes, streets, and other social spaces. Sharing their everyday behavior and concerns, they dissolve into each other or become ghostly protagonists in the drama. By using global communication, some of the more hidden realities of home life in Gaza and London are elucidated. At Home in Gaza and London opens a new way for artists to engage with each other in different places across the world, allowing audiences to participate, while eliciting a direct and personal response to the problems of Gaza and its isolation.
Growing Up in the Dark in Gaza, 2017, 8 min.
Director, camera and editor: Matthew Cassel
Assistant Producer: Amjed Tantesh
What’s it like to be a 13-year-old growing up in Gaza? For Bilal, it means practicing wheelies, listening for drones in the sky and rushing to finish his homework before his neighborhood electricity runs out and the lights go out. For 70 years, the regional conflict has impacted the lives of generations with blockades, armed clashes, and multiple wars. But for a kid, the conflict becomes more than a daily burden that impacts all aspects of life.