Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere

IV. The Persistence of Resistance in the Actualization of Memories From the Past

In a Benjaminian manner, the films in this section awaken images of the past with redemptive potential in the present. Redemption translates to the possibility of resistance. These are the images that will not go away, that persist and insist on haunting the present.

Urok Shirhan, Watani Al Akbar (My Greater Homeland), 2015, 11 minutes
Wael Noureddine, A Film Far Beyond a God, 2008, 39 minutes
Fouad Elkoury, Atlantis, 2012, 13 minutes
Akram Zaatari, This Day, 2003, 86 minutes
Helene Kazan, Frame of Accountability: In Her View, 2022, 15 minutes

The Persistence of Resistance in the Actualization of Memories From the Past is the fourth of five chapters in Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere, an online film program curated by Irmgard Emmelhainz on e-flux Video & Film. The program streams in five thematic group screenings each two weeks long, and will be accompanied by two live discussions on February 2 and 15.

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Irmgard Emmelhainz is an independent translator, writer, researcher, and lecturer based in Mexico City. Her book Jean-Luc Godard's Political Filmmaking was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2019. The translated expanded version of The Tyranny of Common Sense: Mexico’s Neoliberal Conversion is coming out this fall with SUNY Press, and so is Toxic Loves, Impossible Futures: Feminist Lives as Resistance (Vanderbilt). She is a member of the SNCA in Mexico (National System for Arts Creators).

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