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Born in Lebanon in 1978, Waël Noureddine is first and foremost a writer: a professional journalist and a poet. His films reveal what Pasolini calls ‘civil poetry’, meaning literary descriptions and criticisms of real situations. Noureddine’s films focus on capturing the physical and mental scars of Middle Eastern conflicts whether they apply to buildings, occupied spaces, in gestures or the destructive behaviour of young people. Here we witness cinema that uses all the means at its disposal including realism, editing, calligraphy and musical mosaics to resist against subjugation and resignation. Noureddine’s visual poems reveal a heroic conception of images: “A camera is dangerous, when capturing images, we capture them for eternity, it’s a big responsibility.”
• Ça sera beau – From Beirut with Love (2005) [DVD : RESISTANCE[S]]
• A film far beyond a God (2008)
Born 1970 in Tangier, Morocco. Lives and works in Paris.
Mounir Fatmi constructs visual spaces and linguistic games that aim to free the viewers from their preconceptions of politics and religion, and allows them to contemplate these and other subjects in new ways. His videos, installations, drawings, paintings and sculptures bring to light our doubts, fears and desires. They directly address the current events of our world, and serve to both clarify the origins and symptoms of global issues, as well as speak to those whose lives are affected by specific events.
Mounir Fatmi’s work has been exhibited in the Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland, the Museum Kunst Palast, Duesseldorf, Germany, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan. He also participated in the Gwangju Biennial, Korea, and the 2nd Seville Biennial, Spain. In 2006 he was awarded the Grand Prize at the 7th Dakar Biennial. In 2007 his work was included in the 1st Luanda Triennial in Angola, 8th Biennial of Sharjah and the 52nd Biennial of Venice. In 2008, his video Embargo has been shown at the Tate Modern in London, in the retrospective Paradise Now! Essential French Avant-garde Cinema 1890-2008.
• Dieu me pardonne (2001) [DVD : RESISTANCE[S]]
• Face, les 99 noms de Dieu (1999) [DVD : HARD HEAD]
• Les ciseaux (2003) [DVD : HARD HEAD]
• Manipulation (2004) [DVD : HARD HEAD]
• Commerciale (2004) [DVD : HARD HEAD]
• Faiseurs de pluie (2004) [DVD : HARD HEAD]
• Les égarés (2003) [DVD : HARD HEAD]
• The machinery (2007) [DVD : HARD HEAD]