Avant Arabia
March 2018

Dreams and dystopias, archeological records and the call of outer space. Science fiction, so often a precision vehicle for sociological exploration and self-analysis, here opens a complex conversation on life in the Middle East today, as told by its diverse residents. The news may offer bare facts, but sometimes it is more our imaginative or speculative forms of storytelling that can most directly capture and convey an experience. Turn a camera on oneself: film is identity. Turn a camera on the world: film is a direct window. Even when film provides a more meditated perspective -- through narrative, through artifice, through experiment -- it may not give up this immediacy and relevance. Instead, it opens up new ways of illuminating oneself and one's universe.

Smog
Smog
Jad Sleiman
Beginnings
Beginnings
Hadil Hassan
The Waiting Room
The Waiting Room
Hend Fakhroo
L'Mrayet (Les Lunettes)
L'Mrayet (Les Lunettes)
Nadia Raïs
Collision
Collision
Nina Abouzeid
The Salt Man
The Salt Man
Seyed Sajad Moosavi
Bioprinting & Artificial Food Waste
Bioprinting & Artificial Food Waste
Al Hussein Wanas
Skipped
Skipped
Faisal Hashmi
M1-Kø
M1-Kø
Fadu Shake
Newton's Third Law
Newton's Third Law
Nour AlSoliman
The Pen of Mirrors
The Pen of Mirrors
Bader Al-Homoud
ECREVAX
ECREVAX
Oliver Bou Eid
Tesseract
Tesseract
Fadi El Samra
Flesym
Flesym
Behrooz Roostaei
Grandma's Beauty
Grandma's Beauty
Kaltham Abdul Rahim Al Ali
Dana Ibrahim Al Serkal
Shreds
Shreds
Luana Bassil
The Puddle
The Puddle
Serdar Yilmaz
The Last Interview
The Last Interview
Mohamed Al Hamadi
pepsi, cola, water?
pepsi, cola, water?
Tom Bogaert
Submarine
Submarine
Mounia Akl
Remnants of the Hive
Remnants of the Hive
Madison Moore
Hind's Dream
Hind's Dream
Suzannah Mirghani
The Digger
The Digger
Ali Cherri
The Water In Ourselves
The Water In Ourselves
Omar Shoukri
In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain
In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain
Larissa Sansour
Søren Lind
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