Mimesis Documentary Festival

To dance with reality: A conversation with Jessica Beshir

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As she traces the threads between her short work – including her directorial debut, Hairat (2016) – and her unforgettable feature, Faya Dayi (2021), Jessica Beshir will illuminate her approach to cinematography and time. Elaborating on the infinite task of forming and sustaining a cohesive cinematic vision, Beshir unpicks her own application of Werner Herzog’s concept of “ecstatic truth” as an alternative to vérité. Beshir’s process is grounded in what she calls radical trust, which requires deep inner work directly confronting fear, doubt, and the self – what she argues is the work of every artist.