Have You Ever Killed a Bear? or Becoming Jamila
Marwa Arsanios, Lebanon 2014, 25 min.
Mapping Lessons is a time capsule, a spatio-temporal traveler's guide through the logics of capital accumulation, border-making and colonial domination. The film recycles colonial images of power by taking us on a journey from the colonization of the Levant to the 2011 Syrian Revolution. Rizk intermingles these images with depictions of, amongst others, the settler colonialism of the Americas, the Bolshevik Revolution and the Spanish anti-fascist struggles of the 1930s. By juxtaposing scenes gathered from different geographies and times, Mapping Lessons disrupts the logic of the films it appropriates in an attempt to remap our visual horizons.
Shohreh Shakoory is an independent researcher and editor based in Berlin. Born and raised in Tehran, she finished her BA in art history and film and media studies in Rome and graduated with a master of fine arts from Bauhaus university in Weimar. Her research deals with politics of representation, aesthetic and archival knowledge.
Philip Rizk is a filmmaker from Cairo living in Berlin. Amongst others, he co-directed the film Out on the Street (2015) with Jasmina Metwaly, which premiered at the Berlinale and was part of the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015. Rizk is a member of the Mosireen, the collective behind the video archive 858.ma. His texts have appeared online, in journals and in collected volumes.