In conjunction with Mapping Subjectivity, Part II, Mohamed Soueid (b. Lebanon, 1959) presents his performance/slide lecture Written in the Dust. A pioneer of Lebanese independent and experimental video production, Soueid began his career writing film criticism in the 1970s. He worked as assistant director to a number of filmmakers before directing his first film, Absence (1990), which is believed to be the first independent video production in Lebanon. Two of his subsequent features, Tango of Yearning (1998) and My Heart Beats Only for Her (2009), are also presented as part of the exhibition. Written in the Dust proposes a bold, uncanny coupling of Middle Eastern history—particularly the Lebanese civil war—with the history of cinema. Narrated in the first person and woven with autobiographical elements, the work caustically challenges received canons and conventional paradigms, but beyond the humor is a bold proposal for a radical rewriting of regional and personal history. Program 90 min.
In the Film exhibitions Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part II and Modern Mondays
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