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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,
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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

In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain synopsis: 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.



About the Filmmakers


Larissa Sansour is a Palestinian artist/director. Central to her work is the tug and pull between fiction and reality. In her recent works, she uses science fiction to address social and political issues. Working mainly with film, Sansour also produces installations, photos, and sculptures. Sansour’s work is shown in film festivals and museums worldwide. In 2019, she represented Denmark at the 58th Venice Biennial. She has shown her work at Tate Modern, MoMA, Centre Pompidou, and the Istanbul Biennial as well as the Berlinale, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and BFI London Film Festival. Recent solo exhibitions include Bluecoat in Liverpool, Dar El-Nimer in Beirut, and Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen. Sansour lives and works in London.


Søren Lind is a Danish author, director and scriptwriter. With a background in philosophy, Lind wrote books on mind and understanding before turning to film and fiction. He has published novels, short story collections, and several children’s books. Lind screens and exhibits his films at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide. Recent venues and festivals include the 58th Venice Bienniale, MoMA, Barbican, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Berlinale, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

  • Year
    2015
  • Runtime
    29 minutes
  • Country
    Palestine, UK, Denmark, Qatar
  • Director
    Larissa Sansour, Søren Lind
  • Screenwriter
    Søren Lind
  • Producer
    Ali Roche
  • Cast
    Leyla Ertosun, Anna Aldridge, Pooneh Hajimohammadi