Imaginary Postcards

Jocelyne Saab

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Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere | I: Postcards from Afar Imaginary Postcards
Jocelyne Saab

6 Minutes
Courtesy of Jocelyne Saab’s Friends Association

Repeat: Wednesday, February 16

An imaginary post card written to the Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk. Jocelyne Saab writes about her illness, about the fragility of her body, and the situation in the Middle East that is ravaged by war.

Jocelyne Saab’s Imaginary Postcards is presented within Postcards from Afar, the first of five chapters in Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere, an online film program curated by Irmgard Emmelhainz for e-flux Video & Film. The program streams in five thematic group screenings each two weeks long, and will be accompanied by two live discussions.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, War & Conflict, Image
Lebanon, Middle East, Video Art, Illness
Return to I. Postcards from Afar

Jocelyne Saab (1948-2019) was a filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. Saab was born and raised in Beirut. She hosted the pop-music program Marsipulami Got Blue Eyes on the national Lebanese radio, before working as a war journalist. When the Lebanese Civil War broke out, Saab started working on documentary films, eventually turning towards a more personal and essayistic mode of filmmaking. Saab is recognized as one of the pioneers of Lebanese cinema, making roughly thirty films including Palestinian Women (1974), Beirut, Never Again (1976, with Etel Adnan), The Sahara Is Not for Sale (1977), Iran, Utopia in the Making {1980), Beirut, My City (1982), Once Upon A Time Beirut (1994), The Lady of Saigon (1998), Dunia, Kiss Me Not On The Eyes (2005), What’s Going On? (2009), and My Name is Mei Shigenobu (2018).


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