Rahhala, 2017

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

Re|sound is a biannual event for musical experimentation in dialogue with the medium of film. The foundation invites locally and regionally based musicians to prepare and perform live original sets as the soundtrack for a projected film.

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.