Harvard Film Archive Film Series: Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige - Lost Films and Mediations Ashes

February 19, 2016, 7:00PM

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

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.  For more info click here.

Special Event Tickets $12
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige in Person

Aida, Save Me, 2016.
Multimedia performance lecture by the artists, 60 min.

This lecture-performance grows out of a real-life event demonstrating the power of archival images: a woman recognizes a photograph, used in A Perfect Day as the portrait of a disappeared man, as the image of her husband. Hadjithomas and Joreige use this event as the seed out of which emerges a revealing and moving set of observations about both the role of images in their work and the ability of fact and fiction to affect each other.

Ashes (Ramad), 2003.
35mm, color, 26 min.
Arabic with English subtitles.

Despite its length, Ashes packs a novel’s worth of insight into the tale of a family caught between unsettling truth and soothing tradition. The richly detailed exercise in magic realism is Viscontian in its close observation of the postures and movements of a wealthy Lebanese clan gathered for a funeral. How do we honor and remember our families and their pasts? What are ghosts other than our own unease about the unpaid debts we owe to our parents and the past?