28 nights and a poem
Sunday 8th November @ 8:00 pm. Metropolis II
Director: Akram Zaatari
Language: Arabic / Subtitles: English
Partly a study of a photographer’s studio practice in the mid twentieth century and partly an exploration of the essence of the archives today, this film tries to understand how this mode of producing images, translated in the lives of communities it served, and why it seized to exist and what did it lead to? It is filmed at the Arab Image Foundation, where most of Hashem el Madani’s collection is preserved today, and in Studio Scheherazade in Saida, where the photographer still spends time surrounded by his old machines, tools, photographs, negatives and what remains of millions of transactions that took place there. It is a reflection of making images, of an industry of image making, as well as that of on age and on the life that remains and continues to grow in an archive. All is presented in this film through a set of staged interventions where Madani himself takes part of.