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NIGHTS AND DAYS
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Nights and Days uses notes written and filmed during summer 2006 as a personal account of the experience of war. The first part, which resembles yet is not a diary of war, oscillates between day-shots and night-shots and features a soundtrack expressing the idea of time passing, awaiting, interrogations and fears experienced in such an unusual time. The second part is a journey to south Lebanon which was devastated during that war. It alternates between peaceful landscapes and ruins and destruction accompanied only by music, as no words could express this devastation. Nights and Days questions the relation between image and sound and also reflects on notions of 'beauty' and 'horror'. Most of the images show 'beautiful' urban or natural landscapes, where only a detail betrays the presence of war and its violence.

 

Nights and Days raconte l'expérience de la guerre d'un point de vue personnel, à partir de notes écrites et filmées durant l'été 2006. La première partie qui ressemble à un journal de guerre sans en être un, alterne des plans de jour avec des plans de nuit, qui sont construit avec la bande sonore, pour exprimer l'idée du passage du temps, l'attente, les peurs et les transformations vécues dans ces circomstances inhabituelles. La deuxième partie est un voyage au Sud-Liban qui a été dévasté durant cette guerre. De beaux paysages sereins s'alternent avec des ruines et des destructions, avec pour seul son, une musique. Ici aucun mot ne peut exprimer la dévastation. Nights and Days réflechit à la relation entre image et son et aussi à « l'horreur » qui peut se trouver derrière la "beauté". Dans ces beaux paysages urbain et naturels, seuls quelques détails révèlent la présence et la violence de la guerre.


 

Type: essay film
Medium: video
Duration: 17 min
Date: 2007

Credits

Written, directed and produced by Lamia Joreige
Camera and editing: Lamia Joreige
Sound design: Nadim Mishlawi (Audio post production db studios)
Music: Charbel Haber

With the support of Ministère de la culture et de la communication - Centre national des arts plastiques. France.

With the support of: - Ashkal Alwan (The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts)
- The European Cultural Foundation
- ...à Beyrouth film fund
Shown @

- On the Edware RoadSerpentine Gallery, London, 2012. 
- Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, 2012. Nights and Days: A Decade of Lebanese Short Films
- My World Images, Copenhagen, 2010. In A time that measures itself, a program by Ayreen Anastas.
- All about Beirut, Kunsthalle whiteBOX, (Munich - Germany) 2010 - 2011
- UN..SHARPNESS OF THE DOCUMENTARY, Kunstfilmtag, Düsseldorf, 2010. 
- 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2009
- Delfina Foundation, London, 2009
- Zones of Conflict, Pratt Manhattan gallery, NYC, 2009. Curated by T.J. Demos
- A Strange Feeling of Familiarity, Galerie Tanit, Munich, 2009.- 09 Asian art Biennial, Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, in Viewpoints & Viewing Points, 2009
- Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/ Madrid,Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, 2009. 
- Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/ Madrid, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2008. 
- Lebanese Film Festival, . . né . à Beyrouth, (Beirut - Lebanon) 2007
- Video Avril, Ashkal Alwan, (Beirut - Lebanon) 2007

 


 

Related texts

Art Review / Jim Quilty - July 2007
The Daily Star / Jim Quilty - April 21, 2007
The Daily Star / Jim Quilty - Sept. 1, 2006


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