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CULTURAL AUTOPSY 10

HOW NEAR IS THIS EAST

30 October 2004
14:00 — 16:00


Location: Filmtheater ‘t Hoogt
Hall 3

Palestine being a short fuse to an extremely explosive powder keg, the Middle.-East has been figuring prominently in the political news for decades. This program sheds special light on the role of the film industry and the big. news networks in the representation of ‘the East’.

 

Please Give Me 50 Cents, I Know Where Bin Laden Is
JIANG ZHI (CHINA 2002, VIDEO, 4:00 MIN)
Jiang Zhi begs outside a new supermarkt, to provoke reactions of people towards international issues.

Hostage: the Bachar Tapes
WALID RA’AD (LEBANON 2000, VIDEO, 16:28 MIN)
Souheil Bachar  was held hostage in Lebanon between 1983 and 1993 as the only Arab amidst several Western hostages. In Hostage, Walid Ra’ad addresses the cultural and sexual aspects of Bachar’s detention with five American men.

Another Worldly
LESLIE THORNTON & ANOUK DE CLERCQ. (USA / BELGIUM 1999, VIDEO, 22:00 MIN)
In Another Worldly, 1940’s cabaret dancers are combined with 1990’s gothic-techno. Notwithstanding the chasm of time which separates these two pop cultural events they engage in a sinister dance.

On the BG Track. 03 
KRASSIMIR TERZIEV (BULGARIA 2002, VIDEO, 6:57 MIN)
The way in which film industry is dealing with the exotic cultures is investigated in a case study focussing on five feature films, which comment in various ways on Bulgarian culture, customs and identity.

Introduction to the End of an Argument
JAYCE SALLOUM & ELIA SULLEIMAN (USA 1990, VIDEO, 43:00 MIN)
The storehouse of misconstrued ideas about Arab culture is shown in all its cinematic splendor, from the denigrating seraglios in films such as Elvis Presley’s Harem Scarum and Valentino’s The Sheik, to the dehumanization of Arab’s as evinced by epics like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

(This selection is curated by IMPAKT)


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