Berlinale: Programme


Film File

Forum Expanded Exhibition

The Script

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A man prays in the Muslim tradition while his children try to distract him by climbing on his back. This is a recurring scenario that many try to film at home and upload to YouTube. The film reenacts this script to show the tender side of a father praying.

by
Akram Zaatari

Lebanon / United Kingdom

Arabic

7’ · Colour · 1-Kanal-Videoinstallation

With

Mohammad Al Jarabi'a

Crew

Written and Directed by
Akram Zaatari
Cinematography
Marc Khalife
Editing
Ali El Darsa
Sound Design
Raed Younan
Sound
Tatiana El Dahdah
Producer
Akram Zaatari

Biography

Akram Zaatari

Akram Zaatari, born in 1966 in Saida, Lebanon and based in Beirut, has produced films and videos, all sharing an interest in writing histories and practices related to excavation, political resistance, the lives of former militants, the legacy of an exhausted left, the circulation of images in times of war. Zaatari has played a critical role in developing the formal, intellectual, and institutional infrastructure of Beirut’s contemporary art scene. As a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation, he has made invaluable and uncompromising contributions to the wider discourse on preservation and archival practice. Zaatari represented Lebanon at the Venice Biennial in 2013 with his film Letter to a Refusing Pilot. His works have been shown all over the world in solo and group exhibitions.

Filmography (selection)

1997 Al-Sharit Bi-Khayr (All Is Well on the Border); 45 min. · Al-Sharit Bi-Khayr (All Is Well on the Border); 45 min. 2003 Al-Yaoum (This Day); 86 min. · Al-Yaoum (This Day); 86 min. 2005 Fo Haza al-Bayt (In This House); 13 min. · Fo Haza al-Bayt (In This House); 13 min. 2008 Tabiah Samitah (Nature Morte); 10 min · Tabiah Samitah (Nature Morte); 10 min 2010 Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright; 10 min. · Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright; 10 min. 2011 Hia wa Houa (Her + Him); 33 min. · Hia wa Houa (Her + Him); 33 min. 2013 The End of Time; 14 min. · The End of Time; 14 min. · Letter to A Refusing Pilot; 34 min. · Letter to A Refusing Pilot; 34 min. 2014 Beirut Exploded Views; 30 min. · Beirut Exploded Views; 30 min. 2015 Thamaniat wa ushrun laylan wa bayt min al-sheir (Twenty-Eight Nights and a Poem); 120 min., Forum 2015 · Thamaniat wa ushrun laylan wa bayt min al-sheir (Twenty-Eight Nights and a Poem); 120 min., Forum 2015 2018 The Script · The Script; 7 min., Forum Expanded 2019 2019 Al-Houbut (The Landing); 63 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020

Produced by

Akram Zaatari