For the first time in their flourishing careers as artists and filmmakers, Basma alSharif (Palestinian, resides in Egypt) and Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation, resides in Vancouver) present a program of their moving-image work in dialogue. This special joint presentation of Modern Mondays and Doc Fortnight 2020 features a rich array of Hopinka’s and alSharif’s videos spanning nine years, from 2011 to the present. Through this, we can appreciate the strangely fascinating affinities and tensions in their approaches to cinema. Despite coming from very different places and having very different biographies, alSharif and Hopinka nonetheless share an interest in the politics of storytelling and imagemaking; in palimpsests and erasures of history; in the uses and abuses of language and landscape; and in the experience of loss and longing that comes with exile and displacement. This call and response between their work is sure to create a gorgeously lush, even hypnagogic theatrical experience.
Program approx. 100 min.
Farther Than the Eye Can See. 2012. United Arab Emirates. Directed by Basma alSharif. 13 min.
Kunįkága Remembers Red Banks. 2014. USA. Directed by Sky Hopinka. 9 min.
Trompe l'oeil. 2016. USA. Directed by Basma alSharif. 8 min.
When You're Lost in the Rain. 2019. USA. Directed by Sky Hopinka. 5 min.
The Story of Milk and Honey. 2011. Lebanon. Directed by Basma alSharif. 10 min.
Cloudless Blue Egress of Summer. 2019. USA. Directed by Sky Hopinka. 13 min.
Deep Sleep. 2014. Greece/Malta/The Gaza Strip. Directed by Basma alSharif. 13 min.
Lore. 2019. USA. Directed by Sky Hopinka. 10 min.