Special Film Screening in partnership with Cinema Akil and Arab Fund for Art & Culture
We're delighted to showcase as part of GPP Photo Week, Akram Zaatari's film, Twenty-Eight Nights and a Poem that explores the work of photographer Hashem el Madani, who has run a commercial photography studio in southern Lebanon for the last five decades. After spending years photographing people in front of their shops, in public squares or at the beach, el Madani opened the studio in response to his community’s desire to appear before the camera.
Moving between el Madani’s studio in Saïda and the Arab Image Foundation – an image archive in Beirut now housing the majority of el Madani’s photographic collection – the film examines the changing sites, status and function of photographic practice and preservation though various analogue and digital media.
Akram Zaatari, Twenty-Eight Nights and a Poem, Lebanon / France 2015, DCP, colour, sound, 105 min, Arabic with English subtitles
The film will be screened at The Yard in Alserkal Avenue and is FREE but registration is essential. It will be cold so sweaters/jackets are advisable.