Screening & Discussion: 3rd i NY presents the 3rd NY Arab and South Asian Short Video Slam

Thu, August 2, 2012 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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$5-$10 Suggested Donation (no one will be turned away) 
Doors Open 6:30pm

We will present the best in recent short videos that were submitted to an open call, that increase awareness of the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and their diasporas.

3rd i NY has been presenting monthly film screenings and for two years a film festival in conjunction with theater partners. We enjoy providing an informal venue to showcase local independent and experimental pieces that are aesthetically, politically, theoretically and/or technically innovative as well as serve as a meeting place filmmakers and film aficionados.

Four of the participating filmmakers will be present: Sausan Saulat, Anjali Bhargava, Merva Faddoul, and Nahed Mansour. They will have 1-2 minutes to introduce their shorts, and be on hand after the screening for a group Q&A. Join us for a healthy debate and cross-cultural learning.

Continue the conversation informally after the Q&A over drinks in our beautiful loft space.

About the Selected Films:

Ruta 5: Viajes por mis pensamientos/ Route 5 (Hira Nabi,02:00, Mexico , 2011)

My wandering thoughts on a bus in Cuernavaca, Mexico take me to the memory of buses at home in Lahore, Pakistan. I grapple with the my leaping thoughts on thepoetics of space and the politics of gender and sexuality while being jolted on a bus on my way to school.This short is a visual impression of memory work in the global south: finding familiarity in the strange and mapping out the past into the present.

Bio:Hira Nabi lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan, teaching film theory to undergraduate students at the Beaconhouse National University.

To love is to let go? (Sausan Saulat, 05:07, Pakistan,2012)

The film is a self-portrait of sorts that is a confrontational (albeit visual) dialogue I have with my displaced self. It highlights the fears, fixations, escapism and anxieties of the protagonist, essentially representing a tussle with a dual identity of sorts- living between two parallels and altogether incongruous worlds.

Sausan Saulat, 1982 Karachi, Pakistan. After doing two semesters at The Lahore University of Management Sciences as a visiting student 2002- 2003, Sausan completed her Bachelors in Fine Art from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 2006. Her major at the institution being painting and minor, miniature painting. 

Working mostly autobiographically, Saulat has exhibited in Pakistan, India, London and The U.S. She has taught drawing and painting at the primary school level as well as in universities such as the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and The Asian Institute of Fashion Design, IQRA University and conducted workshops for The Agha Khan University and Ida Rieu Karachi, Pakistan. Saulat is currently wrapping up her Visual arts MFA degree from The Savannah College of Art and Design as a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship Award.

Minecraft Mausoleum (Tom Bogaert, 04:14, Lebanon, 2011)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is known to be a computer geek. He used to be chairman of the 'Syrian Computer Society' and opened up his country to the internet in 2001. In the face of the Arab Spring's general enthusiasm for online tools, Minecraft Mausoleum utilizes Minecraft - an online building game - as context and medium to present a model of a Mausoleum for Syria's president Bashar al-Assad. A first small-scale cardboard model of the Mausoleum was presented in Aleppo, Syria in August 2010 (!).

The base for Bogaert’s project in Syria is president Bashar al-Assad's story that he wasn't supposed to rule Syria. "I never cared about this position," he told PBS in 2007. "I'd be comfortable not being here." Bashar al-Assad is a British-trained ophthalmologist and the eye doctor’s tumbling E eye chart is the alpha and omega of Bogaert's Syrian project. Does Dr. Bashar still dream about tumbling Eye Doctor E charts and the course for Syria they might chart: left, right, up or down? In August 2011 Tom Bogaert finished building a Mausoleum for President Bashar in Minecraft, an online video game. The form of the mausoleum is inspired by an eye doctor’s tumbling E eye chart – more specifically by the E in M - position. The project premiered in Beirut, Lebanon in September 2011 and has been documented as a 4:14 minutes short film.

Pavement Popsicles (Tom Bogaert, 05:03, Lebanon, 2011)

The video – made in collaboration with Siska - shows Tom Bogaert fixing broken glass curb markers by placing exact copies of the markers made out of ice in the gaps created by the missing lenses. Curb markers are glass lenses designed to reflect light back to an approaching vehicle. Using optics as its light source the markers illuminate curbs and medians at night and they are ubiquitous yet under represented elements of Beirut's nightlife.

The ice versions of the lenses are modeled after original lenses obtained from the Municipality of Beirut after a 5 days quest deep inside the hot and humid core of the city's management system. The average melting time of the ice lenses stands at 20 minutes depending on the time of day and whether they are exposed to direct sunlight or not.

Bio: Before dedicating his life to art, Tom Bogaert documented genocide and human rights abuses in Africa, Europe and Asia. He worked as a lawyer for Amnesty International and the UN refugee agency. The artist does not see his artwork as an extension of his refugee work, although it does directly confront the intersection of human rights, entertainment and propaganda.

Tom Bogaert stopped practicing law in 2004 and participated in the Elizabeth Foundation Studio Center in New York City. He had his first solo exhibition in NYC in 2008 with the legendary Jack the Pelican Presents gallery and he has widely exhibited in Europe, the Middle East and the US. Bogaert’s work has been written about in publications such as The New York Times, Al-Akhbar, JO-magazine, NY Arts Magazine, Baladna and The Miami Herald.

Drawing on his experience as a European living and working in the East, Tom Bogaert began working on ‘Impression, proche orient' (IPO) in January 2010. IPO is an art project referencing issues relevant to the contemporary Near East society including the changes, politics, artistic identity and the new Arabs. Bogaert's upcoming solo exhibition 'and did those feet' at al-Hoash gallery in Jerusalem will include works from IPO in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Syria.

Music video for New York- based band Zerobridge: 2mins5 (Fouzia Najar, 02:59, USA, 2010)

Bio: Fouzia Najar is a Kashmiri-American from Buffalo, N.Y., and she received a B.A. in History and Media Studies from Carleton College. Currently, within the Integrated Media Arts M.F.A. program at Hunter College, she is developing and producing video projects that address law enforcement's surveillance tactics of New York City communities.

The Scientist Meets the Storyteller (Aindri Chakraborty, 05:00, UK, 2011)

A moth collector finds an artifact that belongs to a storyteller. Eager to collect and classify the story in the same fashion as his moths, he realizes in the process that stories cannot be contained. This film is inspired by Michel Foucault's Order of Things 
(1974) which examines, in part, how the acoustic quality of oral storytelling had lost its charm to the scientific outlook of Enlightenment. 
Objects in a Human History Museum are grouped in the same way as objects in a Natural History Museum. Does biology and culture follow the same pattern of observation for the scientist?

Bio: Aidnri has been working as a broadcast designer, animator and illustrator since 2006. Since then she’s had the good fortune to work with some of biggest brands in the UK, US and Asia. Both disciplines of design and animation hold equal rank for her - she enjoys creating ideas and designing boards, as much as she enjoys crafting animation and motion graphics.

Music Video: "Get Over It" by Cihan Kaan (Anjali Bhargava,03:08,USA,2012)

Music video made in collaboration with musical artist Cihan Kaan for “Get Over It”, a song off his album Telepathic Ethnic Marketing. Shot in the New York City subway system and various parts of Brooklyn, Bhargava aimed to create a provocative interpretation of the song's concept while remaining true to her existing photographic vocabulary.

As this was her first music video, the opportunity to work with Kaan, who is a filmmaker himself, was invaluable. Kaan is also the author of Halal Pork & Other Stories, which was published in 2011 by UpSet Press. You can learn more about his work at

Bio: Anjali Bhargava is a Brooklyn, New York based photographer best known for her portraits and for her work exploring personal relationships with beauty and identity.She believes that visceral experiences are the most effective and in a culture where too many photos evoke feelings of deficiency her intention is to create work that diminishes judgments and expands perspectives. She is excited to continue exploring the extended range that time, motion, and sound can afford her. Her work has been shown in the US, Canada, China, and India. She received her BS in Photography from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.You can see more of her work at

Teta/Grandma(Merva Faddoul,24:00. Lebanon, 2011)

Sarah, a Lebanese teenager, has her life turned upside down when a miracle in her grandmother's backyard puts the family in the spotlight of their small town.

Bio: Merva grew up in Byblos, Lebanon with four siblings and a wild imagination. Her latest film “Teta” won production grants from the Doha Film Institute and National Geographic’s All Roads Film Project, which premiered the film in DC in 2011. Her previous works have been shown at international venues that include the Cannes Short Film Corner, Tricycle Cinema in London and Pioneer Theater in NY. She is currently in development on several feature projects including “Lebanese Beauty” and “Hummus Wars”.

Instead of Saying I Wish (Nahmed Mansour,04:30,Canada,2009)
Ashort experimental video consisting of edited footage of originally shot home movies on Super 8mm film. Shot in 1987, the footage documents a variety show at a European holiday resort in which audience members are asked to dress, dance, and “act” Hawaiian. The focus of the work is on the artist (age 4 in the footage) and her family, as they watch others appropriate a foreign culture with all its stereotypes. It soon becomes clear that they are the only non-white (Arab) people at the variety show, complicating the issues of race and appropriation implicit in the work.The footage is accompanied with the soundtrack of “My Own Home”, from Disney’s Jungle Book (1967)*. Sung in Arabic by a young girl, the song serves as a mesmerizing lullaby. Instead of Saying I Wish asks viewers to recall their own childhood and specifically question their closeness to strange appropriation disguised as entertainment.

Measuring (Nahmed Mansour, 03:10,Canada,2009)
‘Measuring’is a video-performance shot on super-8 film that makes reference to ethnographic films that document non-Western women, popular in the 1950’s. In ‘Measuring’ I film myself individually inserting twenty-eight wooden tongue depressors – which symbolize the twenty-eight letters in the Arabic alphabet – in my mouth. This repetitive action speaks to the gradual loss of my first-language, a common point of frustration amongst second-generation migrants. Conceived as an auto-ethnographic examination, the work speaks to questions of authenticity, identity, and reclamation.

Bio:Nahed Mansour is a Toronto-based artist that works in performance, installation, and video.Her interest around representations of gender and racial relationships draw her to personal and historic archives.Her works have been presented throughout Canada, Tape #158 (Images Festival, Toronto), SINGER (Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto), Varied Toil (Modern Fuel, Kingston), Vertigo/ Vitiligo (La Centrale, Montreal), Kh (MAI, Montreal), Measuring (SAVAC’s MONITER 8, Toronto), Disorientalism (AKA Gallery, Saskatoon), and Darkening Cells (7a*11d Festival, Toronto). Having completed her MFA at Concordia University, she is currently the Director of Mayworks Festival-Toronto.


About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

Our Sponsors

3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

Last updated: 2012-07-27 08:57:19

Pavement Popsicles
Pavement Popsicles
The Scientist Meets the Storyteller
The Scientist Meets the Storyteller
Minecraft Mausoleum
Minecraft Mausoleum
Get Over It
Get Over It
To Love Is to Let Go
To Love Is to Let Go
Ruta 5: Viajes por mis pensamientos
Ruta 5: Viajes por mis pensamientos
Instead of Saying I Wish
Instead of Saying I Wish

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