Programmed by Michèle Smith
“If ‘very controversial’ is another way of saying that the work is willing to start uncomfortable conversations, then we’ll happily wear it.”
“Science fiction helps me posit a new equation in which a new approach can be formulated.”
The videos in this program sample movies or use sci-fi tropes to present alternate histories that address issues of rights, identities, displacement, and conflict. In A Space Exodus, Larissa Sansour (Denmark’s representative at the next Venice Biennale) becomes the first Palestinian on the moon, trying from space to re-establish communication with Jerusalem. Nation Estate, her Swiftian response to Middle East deadlock, offers a vertical solution to Palestinian statehood. In the Future… (screening for the first time in Canada) explores the use of archaeology as a political weapon. Siblings Dan and Dominique Angeloro, the two-person collective known as Soda_Jerk, describe Terror Nullius as “a political revenge fable which offers an un-writing of Australian national mythology.” “Exhilarating ... Terror Nullius is arthouse and grindhouse ... A crazy, punch-drunk, astral-projecting, bizarro roller-coaster ride through Australian cinema” (Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian).
A Space Exodus | Larissa Sansour/Denmark 2009. 5 min.
In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain | Larissa Sansour, Søren Lind/Great Britain 2016. 29 min.
Nation Estate | Larissa Sansour/Denmark 2012. 9 min.
Terror Nullius | Soda_Jerk/Australia 2018. 55 min.
The screening will be introduced by Laura U. Marks, author of Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (2015), who will speak about experimental and Arab science fiction.