Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere

V. Today

With the war on Iraq that began in 2003, images began accelerating, and we have continued to participate in their circulation, consuming images of war now spreading across the Middle East. The current disaster is like a monstrous accumulation of all the debts of the past, to which are added those of each day and each moment, in a continuous flow of new exiles, refuges, murders, imprisonments, betrayals. The images in this program attempt to come to terms with the past, situating the image within life—whether in the banality of everyday life or in the contemporary metaphysical questions haunting us.

Reem Ali, Zabad, 2008, 42 minutes
Dalia Al Kury, Syrialism, 2020, 21 minutes
Nora Adwan, Shifting Inheritance, 2020, 19 minutes
Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Black Bach Artsakh, 2021, 150 minutes
Shadi Habib Allah, Dag’aa, 2015, 18 minutes

“Today” is the title of the last 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.

Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere will wrap on Wednesday, February 16 with a one-day repeat of all films streamed in chapters one through five.

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Film, War & Conflict, Image, Migration & Immigration
Documentary, Middle East, Everyday Life, Militarization
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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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