Mizna Film Series

Larissa Sansour Retrospective

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In solidarity with the Palestinian struggle against occupation and settler colonialism and in response to the urgent crisis, Mizna is offering a retrospective of Palestinian filmmaker Larissa Sansour's groundbreaking sci-fi films available for free to a worldwide audience.

Films are available May 22–29, 2021. Additionally, a discussion between Sansour and critic Kareem Estefan is also available to watch alongside the films. This program and discussion were originally presented as part of the 2020 Arab Film Fest Collab.

This screening is available worldwide for free, and we are asking for donations, all of which will go to aid Palestinians.

All donations will go to UNRWA USA, through the Team Mizna page of the Gaza 5k fundraiser, which is currently seeking funds to respond to emergency needs and to provide mental health support to Palestinian refugees.

A Space Exodus, 2008

Nation Estate, 2012

In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, 2015

In Vitro, 2019

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.

A Space Exodus quirkily adapts scenes from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey for a Middle Eastern political landscape. Sansour's surreal visuals accompany the 1968 science-fiction film's musical score, which she updates with arabesque chords and rhythms. The film follows the artist on a phantasmagoric journey through the universe, echoing Kubrick's thematic concerns with human evolution, progress, and technology. However, in her film, Sansour imagines the first Palestinian in space, and, with a nod to Armstrong's moon landing, she interprets this theoretical gesture as "a small step for a Palestinian, [and] a giant leap for mankind."

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    5 minutes
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  • Director
    Larissa Sansour
  • Screenwriter
    Larissa Sansour
  • Producer
    Søren Lind
  • Cast
    Larissa Sansour
  • Cinematographer
    Niels A. Hansen
  • Music
    Aida Nadeem