Basma Alsharif (b. 1983)
We Began By Measuring Distance (2009)
From Resistance(s): Experimental Films from the Middle East and North Africa

Basma Alsharif
2009 | 00:19:06 | Egypt | Arabic | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | DV video

Long still frames, text, language, and sound are weaved together to unfold the narrative of an anonymous group who fill their time by measuring distance. Innocent measurements transition into political ones, examining how image and sound communicate history. We Began by Measuring Distance explores an ultimate disenchantment with facts when the visual fails to communicate the tragic. -- VDB

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