Harvard Film Archive Film Series: The Lost Film (El film el mafkoud)

February 15, 2016
Event Types
Public Program
A group of people are seated in an auditorium during an event looking toward the stage.

The 2018 Max Wasserman Forum On Contemporary Art: Future Genders held inside the Bartos Theater at MIT.

The Harvard Film Archive (HFA)  is pleased to present Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige - Lost Films and Mediations,  a retrospective of the films of Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige to coincide with their List Center exhibition I Must First Apologize… Screening takes place at the Harvard Film Archive. 

The Lost Film (El film el mafkoud), 2003.
Digital video, color, 43 min.
Arabic with English subtitles.

On May 22, 2000, the tenth anniversary of the unification of North and South Yemen, Hadjithomas and Joreige learn that the only print of their first film, Around the Pink House, has disappeared in Yemen. One year later, they travel to Sana’a to try to learn what they can of what has happened to the print; what follows is part gripping investigation and part essay film. The title ultimately refers not only to Around the Pink House but also to the gaps within the world of Arab cinema as a whole, caught between the often Orientalist expectations of Western audiences and the fact that the productions supported by the region’s elites often serve only to reproduce a dominant ideology.

Preceded by
Rounds (Barmeh), 2001.
Digital video, color, 8 min. 
Arabic with English subtitles

In this short film, a man drives through Beirut, musing on the modernization taking place as the city is rebuilt in the wake of the civil war. Throughout, Beirut is evoked only through the driver’s thoughts and stories; nothing is visible through the car’s windows except an overexposed white light.