PALESTINE FF: LARISSA SANSOUR TRILOGY + Q&A15

PALESTINE FF: LARISSA SANSOUR TRILOGY + Q&A

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  • Sat 24 Nov
  • 70 minutes
  • Director: LARISSA SANSOUR
  • PALESTINE

Synopsis

The London Palestine Film Festival presents:


Larissa Sansour Sci-Fi Trilogy + Q&A


Visual artist Larissa Sansour is known for her otherworldly and cerebral visions of Palestine’s future. This exceptional triple bill will be followed by a discussion with Sansour.



A Space Exodus (5 mins)

This film follows the artist herself onto a phantasmagoric journey through the universe echoing Stanley Kubrick's thematic concerns for human evolution, progress and technology. However, in her film, Sansour posits the idea of a first Palestinian into space, and, referencing Armstrong's moon landing, she interprets this theoretical gesture as "a small step for a Palestinian, a giant leap for mankind". This film is a quirk sets up of an adapted stretch of Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey in a Middle Eastern political context. The recognisable music scores of the 1968 science fiction film are changed to arabesque chords matching Sansour’s surreal visuals.



Nation Estate (10 mins)

With a mixture of computer generated imagery, live actors and arabesque electronica, Nation Estate explores a vertical solution to Palestinian statehood. In Sansour’s film, Palestinians have their state in the form of a single skyscraper: the Nation Estate. One colossal high-rise houses the entire Palestinian population – now finally living the high life. Nation Estate offers a clinically dystopian, yet humorous approach to the deadlock in the Middle East.



In The Future They Ate From The Finest Porcelain (29 mins)

A narrative resistance group makes underground deposits of elaborate porcelain for future archaeologists to excavate. Their aim is to influence history and support future claims to their vanishing lands. By implementing a myth of its own, their work becomes a historical intervention – de facto creating a nation. In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain resides in the cross-section between sci-fi, archaeology and politics. Combining live motion and CGI, the film explores the role of myth for history, fact and national identity.