On Revolution (vorläufige Version)
The screening will take place in the presence of Charif Kiwan, representing the Syrian film collective Abounaddara. Introduction by Adam Szymczyk, documenta 14 Artistic Director, and Pierre Bal-Blanc, documenta 14 Curator. A Q&A will follow the screening.
On Revolution is an invitation to immerse oneself in the daily life of a society seized by the desire for emancipation. It tells the stories of anonymous Syrians over the course of six years while striving to grasp the temporality of history in the making, of a revolution in our times. It looks into the question of how to make visible a revolution that has been rendered invisible by the smokescreen of geopolitics and media images.
Shot continuously since the spring of 2011, a preliminary version of this 140-minute film is presented at documenta 14, which contributed to its production. Directed by Maya al-Khoury within the framework of the Abounaddara collective, it is the first departure from the collective’s rule of anonymity since it was founded in Damascus in 2010.
Immersion is a major component of the film, an invitation to enter history without falling back on news images or resorting to didacticism and voiceovers. It aims to escape the media’s law of inertia while maintaining the requisite perspective for the viewer to remain within touching distance of the figures developing in radically different places and tendencies, both inside and outside Syria. Viewers will find themselves following characters whose overlapping and intersecting stories have come to constitute history. Yet, viewers will remain free to form their own judgment, since the camera following the characters avoids enclosing them within any national, religious, or political frame.
Maya al-Khoury’s approach resembles that of a historian adept at navigating micro-histories, following and connecting the paths of a few individual fates in order to make history visible. She deploys the stories of those who she has followed across successive stages of the revolution, to allow for the reduction in scale necessary to understand and empathize.
Entrance: 7,50 € / reduced 7 €