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Marking the 46th commemoration of Land Day this March, the Arab Film Series is proud to present Spaces of Exception, directed by Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny. Profiling the American Indian reservation alongside the Palestinian refugee camp, this work is an attempt to understand the significance of the land – its memory and divisions – and the conditions for life, community, and sovereignty.

The screening will be accompanied by a discussion with the filmmakers.

Spaces of Exception (2019)

Synopsis: Spaces of Exception investigates and juxtaposes the struggles, communities, and spaces of the American Indian reservation and the Palestinian refugee camp. The film was shot from 2014 to 2017 in Arizona, New Mexico, New York, and South Dakota, as well as in Lebanon and the West Bank. Directed by Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny, it is an attempt to understand the significance of the land—its memory and divisions—and the conditions for life, community, and sovereignty. Spaces of Exception comes out of the long-term multimedia project The Native and the Refugee, which has been presented in Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, England, France, Guatemala, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Portugal, Syria, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, within the refugee camps and reservations were the film was shot, and at venues including cinemas, museums, and universities.

Filmmaker Bios:

Matt Peterson is an organizer at Woodbine, an experimental space in New York City. He co-directed the documentary features Scenes from a Revolt Sustained (2014) and Spaces of Exception (2018), and co-edited the books In the Name of the People (2018) and The Mohawk Warrior Society (2022).

Malek Rasamny co-directed the research project The Native and the Refugee, the feature film "Spaces of Exception" and is the co-editor of the upcoming publication The Mohawk Warrior Society: A Handbook on Sovreignty and Survival (2022) by PM Press. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of Social Anthropology and Ethnology at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
    English, Arabic
  • Country
    Occupied Territories, United States, Lebanon
  • Premiere
    Sharjah Film Platform
  • Director
    Matt Peterson, Malek Rasamny
  • Executive Producer
    Matt Peterson, Malek Rasamny
  • Cinematographer
    Jackson Allers, Mitra Azar, Brandon Jourdan, Adam Khalil, Ayman Nahle, Ettiene Roussy
  • Editor
    Johnny Raubach with Nate Lavey and C. Spencer Yeh
  • Animator
    Aida Amer
  • Sound Design
    Justin C. Wright
  • Music
    Burning Star Core, Ashraf El Chouli