I Am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave by Hala Abdallah

I am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Post Tags: syria. Categories: Screening.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, Fl. 4, between Broad & Broadway
Admission: Tickets: $10 at the door ($5 for Students, Seniors, & Alwan members)

Lights (Adheaa), by Reem Ghazzi, Syria, 2009, 23 min, Arabic with English subtitles.

This short film explores the influence of a dam on a family’s life. It is an intimate portrait of the family examining the past and future through beautiful shots of the present.

Reem Ghazzi studied English iterature at the University of Damascus. She became and actress and a producer. Her first short and experimental film Crack was made in 2007.

I Am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave (Ana Alati Tahmol Azouhour Ila Qabriha), by Hala al-Abdallah and Ammar el-Beik. Syria/France, 2006, 110 min, Arabic with English subtitles.

This is an intimate film, in black and white, written in poetry, on a road trip scouting for locations for a film that one dreams to make. It is a film in the process of being made, capturing what was lost through exile and imprisonment, gently frustrated by the possibility of what could have been in the future, unearthing latent repressions that laden the present, and ground and determine what is ahead.

Director Hala Abdallah shares the camera with her colleague Ammar Al Beik who brings her back the memories and views of her painter husband, once a political prisoner before he chose exile. The co-director aids the director Hala Abdallah to articulate her self-narrative that she finds in visits to friends, family and geographies of the past. I Am the One Who Brings Flower to Her Grave makes no apology, au contraire, finds strength, in being a very personal film that is burdened by the collective history of a people and a country-Syria.

The film has received awards that include Venice International Film Festival, Doc/It Prize, 2006 and Festival International du Cinéma Mediterrenéen de Tétouan, Le Grand Prix du Documentaire, 2007, Arab Film Festival Rotterdam, Golden Hawk Award, 2007, among many others.

Born in the city of Hama, Hala Abdallah graduated from the University of Damascus with a degree in agricultural engineering. another degree in anthropology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and a degree in film studies from Université Paris VIII in 1989. She has worked as assistant director to Oussama Mohammad, Mohammad Malas and Omar Amiralay, in addition to many French and Lebanese filmmakers. I Am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave is her directorial debut.

Ammar el-Beik, born in Damascus, started his career as a photographer. His first video, Light Harvest in 1997, was followed by a number of shorts. His films have received awards: They Were Here received the jury prize at Egypt’s Ismailia International Festival, and When I Color My Fish received the jury prize at the Brisbane International Film Festival.

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3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

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3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,  both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

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