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This summer’s series presents a retrospective of the collaborative film projects of Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige.Often blending history and fantasy, Hadjithomas and Joreige’s work captures the mood and contradictions of Lebanon in the post-war moment, and both their narrative and documentary work challenge the relationship between fact and fantasy and the writing of history. They use film to untangle representation from its referent, and their work engages the construction of memory from fragments.  


In June, July, and August, Mizna will screen a curated selection of Hadjithomas and Joreige’s films, culminating in September with a filmmaker visit and discussion of their latest narrative feature Memory Box, which will open the sixteenth Twin Cities Arab Film Festival at the Walker Art Center.

This screening is made possible with the support of Alliance Française.

Rounds is a video featuring Rabih Mroué, filmed steering through the streets of the city. Beirut is mentioned, evoked through the driver’s stories and through sound, but never seen, invisible in overexposed whiteness. However, the presence of Beirut is confirmed through the ongoing discourse. Like his driving, Mroué’s stories spin in a circle. He is like a ghost, haunting the streets of a city where a reconstruction project is in progress in a strange postwar period.

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    8 minutes
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  • Director
    Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
  • Cast
    Rabih Mroué