Film Screening & Discussion: Narrow Streets of Bourj Hammoud by Joanne Nucho (Director in Attandance)
Thu, June 16, 2016 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY present:
The Narrow Streets of Bourj Hammoud by Joanne Nucho, Documentary, Lebanon/ USA/ 2015/ 75 mins. (Arabic with English Subtiles).
Followed by a Discussion with the Director.
Joanne Nucho's debut film is anexperimental work about the working class suburb of Bourj Hammoud in Beirut. It was initially built to settle Armenian refugees who had escaped the 1915 genocide in Ottoman lands.Today, it is a diverse district that is home to Lebanese of various sects as well as migrants and displaced peoples from Syria and all over the world.
Filmed over a period of seven years, the film examines the overlapping histories of displacement through interlocutors’ experience of urban space over time. Through an innovative practice of “map-drawing interviews,” participants were asked to draw a visual representation of the neighborhood that reflects something that has changed over time, or that is meaningful. The results of the map-drawing interviews shape the narrative of the film, which is anchored in the city’s constantly shifting values of quotidian urban infrastructures and the ways in which people variously experience rootedness and displacement through the materiality of streets, electricity cables, bridges and buildings. The result is a lyrical ethnographic reflection on space, time and material accretions of the past as narrated by longtime residents as well as recent comers to this city.
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