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Marwa Arsanios
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22. oktober 2018 Kl. 15:30
Sted: Visningsrommet USF
Varighet: 120 minutt GJESTESPILL


"Much beautiful cinema has been born from the circumstance that someone was not allowed to show something and therefore replaced an illustration with an illusion, using omission as a means of allowing room for imagination" (Harun Farocki, “A Cut, or Television-Makers’ Revenge,” 1989).


We are thrilled to present three short films by Marwa Arsanios, followed by a video interview. 


Who is Afraid of Ideology? Part I – a film about the Kurdish autonomous women’s movement, shot in the mountains of Kurdistan in early 2017. Despite its core emphasis on ecology and feminism, the autonomous women’s movement is not a liberal project. It is an ideology that has emerged from and is practiced through war.



Have You Ever Killed a Bear or Becoming Jamila – a film about Jamila Bouhired, the Algerian freedom fighter, through different popular representations. A clear gender division used to marginalize women from the public sphere was overcome for a short moment during the Algerian war of independence. What does it mean to become an icon? And how does constitution of the subject serve certain political purposes?


Asae or Labour of Love – a layered film where the set of filmmaking becomes an open space for thinking and generating politics, leisure and resistance. What is work? How can we resist it? In a continuous dialectic between work as representation and the representation of work and its exploitations the film has an optimistic take on collectivities and collective political projects.



Marwa Arsanios is an artist, filmmaker and researcher from Beirut, now based in Berlin. She reconsiders politics of the mid-twentieth century from a contemporary perspective, with a particular focus on gender relations, urbanism and industrialisation. Her film has been shown in fashionable art galleries and biennales all over the place, from the Middle East to the United States.



Oktoberdans dedicates a track to new voices from the Middle East. Throughout history Beirut has been an important centre for art and culture, and in recent years it’s also become a vibrant arena for contemporary dance. BEIRUT DAY & NIGHT serves up a fresh selection of performances, lectures, conversations and workshops - and an artistic happening with erotic Arabic pop songs.

Despite the circumstances and the lack of possibilities in many Arab Countries, dance was able to fill the void in the artistic field, to be active and influential culturally, artistically, and socially. The question regarding the essence of dance, opened the door for more questions related to the essence of‘thought’and the essence of the‘thebody’, its dynamics, existence, philosophy, and our perception of it.  The question is no longer whether dance should be accepted or not, but how dance can affect how we perceive ourselves and society. This way of thinking is apparent amongst dance artists from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, Palestine and Tunisia. Such perspectives are accentuated in the festival programs in Beirut – which now are seen as potent political, artistic and social events.

BEIRUT DAY & NIGHT is a tribute to this work, and a collaboration with our partners in Beirut and the EU-supported network apap - Advanced Performing Arts Project. The evening is curated in collaboration with the Lebanese company Maqamat Dance Theater and BIPOD (Beirut International Platform of Dance).