A Film Far Beyond a God

Wael Noureddine

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Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere | IV. The Persistence of Resistance in the Actualization of Memories From the Past A Film Far Beyond a God
Wael Noureddine

39 Minutes

Repeat: Wednesday, February 16

Mecca was already a major pilgrim destination before the birth of Islam, when 360 statues, representing various idols, were gathered in the sanctuary of the Kaaba. The most important one was Hubal, one of the main pre-Islamic gods. A Film Far Beyond a God traces the origins of the conflicts that continue to afflict us today. It draws up three main motifs: angst, travel, and the desert. With this experimental documentary, Wael Noureddine films a knowingly hidden past in order to help us decipher the present.

Wael Noureddine’s A Film Far Beyond a God is presented within The Persistence of Resistance in the Actualization of Memories From the Past​, the fourth 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, Religion & Spirituality, War & Conflict
Documentary, Islam, Middle East
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Waël Noureddine (b. 1978, Lebanon) is a writer, poet, and filmmaker. He began his professional career as a journalist with the Lebanese newspaper Annahar. His films deal with real-life situations in literary and critical terms. They try to capture the physical and mental scars of conflict, while resisting subjugation and submission. In 2002, he directed and produced his first documentary film, Chez Nous à Beyrouth, which premiered at the French Cinémathèque as part of the Avant-Garde program. His films have screened in numerous festivals and museums worldwide, and they include the experimanetal documntary Ça sera beau (From Beyrouth with Love) (2005), the documentary or a hell trip July Trip filmed during the July Israel-Lebanon 2006 war, A Film Far Beyond God (2008) shot in Yemen about the pre-Islamic god Hubal, and the short films L’Histoire de la drogue and Abu Dhabi: An Architectural Critique (2009). Currently Noureddine is either farming crocodiles or preparing a new film, nobody really knows.


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