Independent Video from the Middle East

In association with Printemps des poètes, Antitube brings you independent video from the Middle East, curated by Marc Mercier of Marseille’s

Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques Festival, at Musée de la civilisation on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.

Les Instants Vidéo is a project based on intensive discussion, listening, dreaming, and sharing in solidarity with Middle Eastern nations. The relationships fostered by the project have spawned new video art festivals—first in Morocco in 1993, and more recently in Syria and Palestine. Video art has sprung up as a vital form of resistance in the struggle to keep head above water in a world of oppressive military and market forces.

The guest curator will be present and available for a post-screening discussion. Marc Mercier of Marseille’s Instants Vidéo is an expert in independent video from the Middle East and the Maghreb.


Event program

March 6, 2011, 7:30 pm


The Monoconcept

Nisrine Boukhari, Syria, 2008, 5 min. 40 s.

Boukhari discovered the enchanting voice of Fatima Miranda at the 20th Instants Vidéo Festival. Back in Damascus, she pays moving tribute to the filmmaker.



Rokhshad Nourdeh, Iran, 2002, 6 min.

“I” traces an unbroken line through unconnected landscapes. A trip down the road of exile.


Videocartographies : Aïda, Palestine

Till Roeskens, France, 2008, 7 min 18 s.

“I” asked the inhabitants of the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem to draw maps of their surroundings. Drawings were captured on video as they progressed, along with the stories behind these personal geographies” (Till Roeskens)



Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Palestine, 2010, 8 min. 20 s.

On the surface, Collapse is a collage of black and white archival footage straddling the line between reality and fiction, past and present. With sequences from The Open Door (1964), The Battleship Potemkin (1925), and In Search of Palestine (childhood footage of Edward Said in Jerusalem, in 1948), the film juxtaposes real and imagined moments of resistance and loss—a process of exhumation illustrating the deep rift that shapes Palestinian memory, experience, and shared stories of struggle.



Rania Stephan, Lebanon, 2009, 2 min.

A very short film ABOUT violence, WITH flamenco, WITHOUT dancers, FOR Gaza, “land of sad oranges (Ghassan Kanafani).”


For Men

Iyad Sabbah, Palestine, 2008, 2 min. 16 s.

No Life No Death

Iyad Sabbah, Palestine, 2008 4 min. 44 s.

Two videos produced by Windows from Gaza and the AM Qattan Foundation.



Taysir Batniji, Palestine, 2004, 6 min 30 s.

Transit is part of a process of reflection on involuntary and voluntary displacement and travel that started in 1997. I am especially interested in the condition of “in betweenness”: existing in between identities, in between cultures. Transit is, in a sense, a work of subversive reportage on the city of Rafah on the Egypt–Israel–Palestine border, a place that doesn’t garner much international media attention but consistently makes the front page locally. As an unauthorized videographer and a traveler among travelers, I stand apart from photojournalists and other photographers working on behalf of a power or an ideology. I edit these still, awkwardly framed images, following one upon the other in slow succession—photos where little happens and waiting is central—into a counternarrative to the typical sensationalist mass-media coverage. The film remains an attempt to report the news from within—the news of Palestinians (and others) who make daily attempts to cross a border rendered impenetrable by military force” (Taysir Batniji).


Chic Point (Fashion for Israeli Checkpoints)

Sharif Waked, Palestine, 2003, 7 min.

Set to the ubiquitous techno of the catwalks of the fashion world, Chic Point shows young people marching toward the viewer, modeling a highly unusual clothing line. In many cases holes, zippers, mesh, and fishnet supplant the normal chest for clothing that can be opened easily, as if the body itself were a suitcase—one design even features a clothes hanger-shaped opening. In others, clothing is already “open,” exposing the body beneath. This scene, on the surface modern and frivolous, fades into a series of black and white photographs. This time the parade takes place in a pregnant silence: images of searches at Gaza, Nablus, Ramallah, and Jenin checkpoints where Palestinians, alone or in groups, raise their shirts and jackets so Israeli soldiers can check that they are not concealing weapons or bombs (Nicole Brenez)


Rico in the Night

Mohanad Yaqubi, Palestine/Belgium, 2007, 8 min. 10 s.

Jean Gaudin (Choreographer), Rico (Dancer)

A walk through the West Bank city of Ramallah.


Corrida urbaine

Marc Mercier, France, 2008, 3 min. 15 s.

On a Ramallah street, a traffic officer dances amid metal bulls.

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