Followed by a Q&A with the director’s sister, Leila Sansour, director of Open Bethlehem (screening on 10/29).

A Space Exodus by Larissa Sansour (2009, 5.5 min.). English. Narrative.

A Space Exodus quirkily sets up an adapted stretch of Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey in a Middle Eastern political context. The film follows the artist on a phantasmagoric journey through the universe, echoing Kubrick’s thematic concerns. In her film, however, Sansour posits the idea of a first Palestinian into space, and, referencing Armstrong’s moon landing, she interprets this theoretical gesture as “a small step for a Palestinian, a giant leap for mankind.” The film offers a hopeful and optimistic vision for a Palestinian future.

Nation Estate by Larissa Sansour (2012, 9 min.). In Arabic and English with English subtitles. Narrative.

Nation Estate is a nine-minute sci-fi short offering a clinically dystopian yet humorous approach to the deadlock in the Middle East. The film explores a vertical solution to Palestinian statehood: one colossal skyscraper housing the entire Palestinian population—now finally living the high life. 

In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain by Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind (2015, 29.5 min.). In Arabic with English subtitles. Narrative.

In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain resides at the intersection of sci-fi, archeology, and politics. Combining live motion and computer-generated imagery, the film explores the role of myth in history, fact, and national identity. A fictional resistance group makes underground deposits of elaborate porcelain—suggesting they belonged to an entirely fictional civilization. Their aim is to influence history and support future claims to their vanishing lands. 

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