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Disrupted Pasts, Displaced Futures + Panel Discussion

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4 films + livestream in package
Party on the CAPS
In a world where teleportation has replaced planes, a wacky crocodile named Fiona tells of life on the CAPS: an island-turned-refugee-camp for illegal immigrants caught mid-teleportation. Themes of displacement, biotechnology and privacy are evoked through the augmented reality of a raucous birthday party in the Moroccan quarter of the CAPS. Mixing the languages of reality TV, advertising, documentary and high-end commercial aesthetics, Bennani explores the potential of storytelling through magical realism and humour.
Before I Forget (Abl Ma Ansa)
A science-fiction story set in an indistinct coastal region, between land and sea, above and below water.
Nation Estate
With its glossy mixture of computer generated imagery, live actors and an arabesque electronica soundtrack, the Nation Estate film explores a vertical solution to Palestinian statehood. 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.
In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain
Combining live-action and computer-generated imagery, In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain explores the role of myth in history, fact, and national identity. A narrative resistance group makes underground deposits of elaborate porcelain, which they suggest belonged to an entirely fictional civilization. Their aim is to influence history and support future claims to their vanishing lands.
Discussion with Larissa Sansour and Mariam Mekiwi
Live discussion with filmmakers Mariam Mekiwi and Larissa Sansour, moderated by ArteEast’s film curator Ginou Choueiri,

Disrupted Pasts, Displaced Futures is a selection of moving image works by contemporary artists from the Middle East and North Africa, blending science fiction, arabfuturism, and magic realism to tackle themes of displacement, migration, and climate crisis. Responding to an unstable present through the lens of the future, these alternate realities resist hegemonic narratives and open a space where new possibilities emerge. Featured Artists:  Meriem Bennani, Mariam Mekiwi and Larissa Sansour

Don't miss the livestream discussion with filmmakers Mariam Mekiwi and Larissa Sansour, moderated by ArteEast’s film curator Ginou Choueiri, on Saturday, July 24th, at 12.30 pm EDT.

Films available worldwide from July 24 at 12.00 pm EDT - July 27 at 11:59pm EDT

Before I Forget Synopsis: El Captain disappears, one of his disciples takes a journey in the ocean to cut off the internet cable, the water level is rising, an amphibian woman appears at the shore looking for her mother, and the memories of two women in a ward intertwine. Scientist Dr. Sharaf is trying to congregate all of them – the members of the secret society of amphibians – in an attempt to save the world.

Filmmaker Bio

Mariam Mekiwi is a film editor and filmmaker from Alexandria and currently based in Berlin, where she is an associate fellow of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of the Arts in Berlin UdK with her feature film project "EL Markebba EL OMM - mothership". She completed her MFA at the University of the Arts in Hamburg HfBk in 2017. Her fiction film "Abl ma ansa - Before I forget" premiered at the Berlinale in 2018 and was nominated to the FIRST STEPS AWARDS in the same year. Her work circulated in various film festivals and art venues like the Sharjah film platform, Oberhausen film festival, Contemporary Image Collective Cairo CIC, Haifa Independent film festival, Hamburg Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe among others.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    30 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Egypt, Germany
  • Premiere
    Berlinale 2018
  • Note
    English Subtitles
  • Director
    Mariam Mekiwi
  • Screenwriter
    Mariam Mekiwi
  • Producer
    Louly Seif
  • Executive Producer
    Mariam Mekiwi
  • Filmmaker
    Mariam Mekiwi
  • Cast
    Ahmad Raafat Bassiouny, Dalal Beheiri, Azza El Gazar, Lana Hana Ferara, Mohamed Abdel Al, Aly Saleh
  • Cinematographer
    Stephan Rosche
  • Editor
    Mariam Mekiwi, Louly Seif
  • Animator
    Mohamed Gaber
  • Production Design
    Anton von Bredow
  • Sound Design
    Mariam Mekiwi, Louly Seif