Lessons for Polygamists


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b.h. Yael, Lessons for Polygamists (still), 2017.

e-flux presents Me, You, and Everyone We Know Lessons for Polygamists

14 Minutes

Repeat screening Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of b.h. Yael’s Lessons for Polygamists (2019), streaming from Wednesday, July 21 through Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

Employing animation and collage, Lessons for Polygamists takes place inside the diary of an adolescent girl growing up in a polygamous household. She lists the lessons she would convey to Dad, if only she could.

Every teenager knows better than the adults in their lives. Lessons for Polygamists reflects the righteous voice of adolescence as the young narrator attempts to make sense of her family dynamics, and more so her Dad’s behavior. Lessons for Polygamists is the artist’s story of growing up in a polygamous family. Through animated playfulness the images are drawn from family photographs and documentation, and the stories extend the lessons to a wider audience.

Lessons for Polygamists is presented here as one of five films in Part Three | Interrelational Arrangements (Interdependency and Survival), the third of four programs in the online series Me, You, and Everyone We Know: Interrelationality, Alterity, Globalization programmed by Irmgard Emmelhainz for e-flux Video & Film. The series will run in four thematic parts from June 23 through August 18, 2021. Each part will include a two-week group screening, and a live discussion.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

Childhood & Youth, Family, Animation & Cartoons, Memory, Storytelling
Return to Part Three | Interrelational Arrangements (Interdependency and Survival)

b.h. Yael is a Toronto-based filmmaker and installation artist. A book about her work, Family States, edited by Mike Hoolboom, was released in 2021. Cinema Politica streams some of her titles. Yael’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally and has shown in various settings, from festivals to galleries to community and activist groups, as well as at various educational venues, and has purchased by many universities. Yael’s films and installations have dealt with the intersections of identity and family and have focused on activist initiatives in Palestine/Israel, as well as apocalypse, geopolitical, and environmental urgencies. She is Professor of Integrated Media at OCAD University. In 2021 Yael was a Visiting Scholar at Massey College, UofT. www.bhyael.ca


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