Our Terrible Country: With World Records and Stefan Tarnowski

Our Terrible Country: With World Records and Stefan Tarnowski

Yassin al-Haj Saleh in Our Terrible Country (Mohammad Ali Atassi, 2014). Image courtesy of Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts.

Our Terrible Country: With World Records and Stefan Tarnowski
Screening and discussion

Admission starts at $5

November 28, 2023, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Tuesday, November 28 at 7pm for a screening of Mohammad Ali Atassi​’s Our Terrible Country followed by a discussion between Stefan Tarnowski and World Records editor Jason Fox.

This screening and discussion accompanies the publication of World Records Volume 8: Generations, edited by Stefan Tarnowski and Kareem Estefan. The exchange across a generational divide is paradoxical: successive generations can overlap in the same space and time, while also having distinct relationships to pasts and futures and to the political projects orienting them. This issue is interested in how historical events and conditions interpellate people, across age cohorts, and how generations are generated through their distinct responses to these calls. Generations are not pregiven categories or stable intervals along a timeline, but rather emerge and take shape as they describe, imagine, and act within a historical conjuncture. 

Mohammad Ali Atassi​, Our Terrible Country (2014, 85 minutes) 
Two activists from two different generations embark on a perilous journey as Syria tumbles into the abyss. In Douma, a suburb of Damascus outside Assad regime control, where the dissident intellectuals Yassin al-Haj Saleh and his wife Samira Khalil have sought shelter, they meet the young photographer and fighter Ziad Homsi. Yassin and Ziad travel to Raqqa, Yassin’s hometown newly occupied by ISIS. Deciding to go into exile in Turkey, Yassin hopes for a reunion with Samira who remained in Douma; while Ziad hopes to travel back to Douma. But in the place Yassin calls “our terrible country,” choices have tragic consequences.

Cosponsored by the NYU Center for Media, Culture, and History.

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War & Conflict, Film
Middle East, Documentary, Publications, Revolution, History, Memory

Stefan Tarnowski is an anthropologist whose research brings together political and media anthropology, with a particular focus on Lebanon and Syria and the aftermaths of their recent uprisings. He completed his dissertation at Columbia University in 2022, and is currently an early-career research fellow at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, and a postdoctoral researcher on the “Views of Violence” project at the University of Copenhagen. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Visual Anthropology, Film Quarterly, Review of Middle East Studies, and the London Review of Books.

Jason Fox is the founding editor of World Records.

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