Rahhala, 2017

Rahhala (2017)
Director: Lujain Rakadh
Lebanon
Experimental | 84 minutes
Film still

Overview

Re|sound is Sharjah Art Foundation’s biannual event for musical experimentation in dialogue with the medium of film. For its third edition in collaboration with Ma3azef, Re|sound features a screening of Lujain Rakadh’s film Rahhala (2017) in tandem with live music performances by Laith Demashqieh, Hasan Hujairi and Makimakkuk.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the film

Rahhala (2017)
Director: Lujain Rakadh
Lebanon
Experimental | 84 minutes

Through explorative long takes and meditative montages in aquariums and museums, Rahhala tracks the history of humanity’s exploitation of seemingly conscious beings through four audio-visual essays that combine to make a feature-length experimental documentary. Following the natural evolution of Earth’s creatures alongside the evolution of humanity, the story starts with prehistoric jellyfish, continues on to evolved marine life, then to land-roaming animals and finally to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotic beings. As each video essay progresses, it brings to light the contrast between the beauty of the creatures in their natural state and the conditions and normalisation of their captivity by humanity, calling into question the perplexity of the consciousness of living things and humanity's tendency towards conquest and exploitation.

About the artists:

Laith Demashqieh
In his documentation of an unrenovated downtown Amman through its homeless, eccentric and functionally insane inhabitants, audiovisual artist Laith Demashqieh explores the flexible and often contested boundaries between sanity and insanity. In addition, through field recordings, he works with sound as a medium and object of study, independent of text and image. Recent exhibitions and presentations of his work include Ephemeral Territories, The Lab, Darat Al Funun, Amman (2019); Rabbit Moon (as part of Assembli), Boom Room, Amman (2018) and Prototype 1 (in collaboration with Sahel Al Hiyari), Amman Design Week, Turbo, Amman (2016).

Hasan Hujairi
Hasan Hujairi is an artist, composer and researcher whose works explore the intersection between histories on the verge of loss, the conditionality of music and art pedagogy, and the historiographies of outsiders. As an activist, he works to make technical texts on contemporary music and audio software available in the Arabic language. He has presented performances, workshops and lectures, both locally and internationally, including Duck, Duck, Telephone, Trumpet, Beirut Art Center (2016); Being Traditional, Being Contemporary, Onomatopoeia The Music Hub, Beirut (2015) and Threshold / Manifesto, Noise from the Middle East, New York University Abu Dhabi (2014).

Makimakkuk
Makimakkuk is an independent singer-songwriter, MC, DJ and electronic music maker. Her musical style is influenced by hip-hop, trap, folk and Afrobeat as well as improvisation, and her DJ sets incorporate additional genres, including dub, drum and bass, grime, funk, downtempo and house. Through her music, she explores topics such as women’s rights, social and political issues in Palestine and elsewhere, sexuality, abuse, freedom of movement, freedom of thought and faith. Makimakkuk has performed at events and festivals, including Queeri Awi, Kabareet, Haifa Independent Film Festival (2019); BassAssault (with Kutmah, Muqata'a, Oddz, Dakn, Julmud, NRD), El Radio, Ramallah (2019) and Palestine Underground Istanbul (with Al Nather), Anahit Sahne, Istanbul (2019).

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