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Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige

Lebanon 2000−2007. 103 Min.
Color. Betacam SP. Lebanese/f

Vorfilm

Don't Walk

Regie: Joanna Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

Libanon 2000–2004. 17 Min.

Farbe. MiniDV. F/e

 

Fünf Monate in ihrer Wohnung in Beirut, wo Joana Hadjithomas in Ruhe ihre Schwangerschaft erleben muss. Sie filmt das Alltägliche aus ihrem Bett, während Khalil Joeige Quartiere der Stadt filmt, die Joana besonders gerne hat. Innen – Aussen, das Intime und das Kollektive in einer gleichwertigen Weltanschauung.

Three women and three men look back at the past and remember the years spent in the Khiam detention and torture centre in southern Lebanon, which was occupied by the Israeli army until the year 2000. In their first encounter with the directing duo (1999-2000), they talk head-on to the camera about the at times trivial, at times essential details of their everyday lives in the centre, about the blurring of time and about the despair but also the life-sustaining impulses that gave rise to impressive forms of solidarity and resistance. Out of almost nothing, they created decorative objects, jewellery and necklaces – creative gestures, imaginary escape routes from a structure of humiliation that has spun out of control. In a second meeting in 2007, after having visited the disused prison, the ex-inmates put their experiences into perspective and reflect upon what they experienced.

 

The approach chosen by Hadjithomas and Joreige has considerable human and political significance. The intelligent structure and the moving presence of the victims give the witnesses the dimension of a collective trauma: these voices, these faces forever represent the injured but dignified conscience of an entire country, of the entire human race. (jp)

CREDITS

DirectorJoana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
ScreenplayJoana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
CinematographyJoana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
EditingMichèle Tyan
ProducersJoana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
DistributionIdéale Audience Internationale, Paris, www.ideale-audience.com

Joana Hadjithomas

The works of Joana Hadjithomas, born in Beirut in the summer of 1969 and raised during the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), dig up traces of the history of a country that to this day is marked by war, assassinations, corruption and Mafia-like politics. Since the early 1990ies, she works with Khalil Joreige, establishing thematic and formal links between photography, video, performance, installation, sculpture, and cinema, being documentary or fiction film. Together, they have directed numerous films that have been shown and awarded in  important international film festivals like Cannes (Je veux voir, 2008) or Berlin (Memory Box, 2021), before having theatrical releases in many countries. Their artworks are part of major private and public collections including British Museum (London), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), or Solomon R Guggenheim Museum (New York).

Khalil Joreige

The works of Khalil Joreige, born in Beirut in the summer of 1969 and raised during the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), dig up traces of the history of a country that to this day is marked by war, assassinations, corruption and Mafia-like politics. Since the early 1990ies, he works with Joana Hadjithomas, establishing thematic and formal links between photography, video, performance, installation, sculpture, and cinema, being documentary or fiction film. Together, they have directed numerous films that have been shown and awarded in  important international film festivals like Cannes (Je veux voir, 2008) or Berlin (Memory Box, 2021), before having theatrical releases in many countries. Their artworks are part of major private and public collections including British Museum (London), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), or Solomon R Guggenheim Museum (New York).