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D: Maha Maamoun, Egypt 2008, 60 min, OV with English subtitles
Exclusively utilizing scenes from Egyptian feature films that use the Giza Pyramids as a backdrop, Domestic Tourism II explores the ways in which these iconic historical monuments, and by extension Egypt, are re-appropriated from the “timelessness” of the touristic post-card and re-inscribed into contemporary political, social, and urban realities.
D: Firas Taybeh, Jordan 2011, 13 min, OV with English subtitles
Al-wadi is a comedy that takes place in the future. Things go back to a primitive set in a desert where there has been a river that has gone dry. Two characters inhabit the valley: a digger and a valley crosser whose work is to make people pass to the other side of the valley. A conspiracy creates a conflict between the two men and they leave the valley. Inspired by folk stories from the Middle East, this experimental work in progress is a study for a feature-length version.