Simia: Stratagem for Undestining

Speculation as a method for worldmaking: Simia was created in conversation with the fictitious artificial intelligence program Project Simiyaa, which aims to create a planned economy and manage infrastructural commons across Africa and the Middle East.
by Assem Hendawi Egypt 2022 English 26’ Colour European premiere


Director Assem Hendawi
Screenplay Assem Hendawi
Editing Donia Shohdy
Sound Design Donia Shohdy
Sound Donia Shohdy
Production Design Mostafa El-Baroody
Assistant Director Mostafa El-Baroody
Production Manager Sarah Zidan
Producer Sarah Zidan

Produced by

Sarah Zidan

Assem Hendawi

Assem Hendawi is an artist and researcher who works with videos, computer-based media, and text whose works act as spaces for worldmaking. His work questions historical and sociopolitical events around planetary computation, critical posthumanities, and the way in which technology constructs subjectivity. Through heuristics that extend from the abstract and philosophical to the imaginary and the absurd, Hendawi explores the manipulations that accompany late capitalism’s technologies as the site of rewriting narratives, identities, and traditions.


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Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023