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Borderlands IDENTITIES By Sawsan Darwaza

    Identity in the process of change is the central theme of the film. When reality changes – the contemporary artist is often the first one to register the development. Often artists sense the change even before it materializes and sometimes they have direct impact on the way we reshape our reality.

    This process makes the artist play an important role in society; therefore, contemporary artists play a key-role on the Images from of the Middle East.

    To be able to understand the works of an artist to the full extend, it is important to get insight into the context, in which the artist is performing. Through images of the artist, his/her movements, and thoughts in his/her environment, the audience will get a multi faceted understanding of the art pieces they are exposed to. At the same time the artworks and the artist behind it reflects the contemporary Middle East and its relation to the rest of the world.

    I have worked on short profiles, where I follow Arab Artists during their participation in an Art Festival in Copenhagen (Images of the Middle East Festival, August 2006). In order to examine their state, I have boldly asked them to show me there identity cards and passports as if they are under pressure in one of the world’s airports. The outcome is a 28 min film where the personal intersect directly with the political and the artistic, featuring the following artists:

    Iman Samawi, Dancer (Tunisian), Zia Azzazi, Dancer (Turkish), Sara Gebran, Choreographer

    (Lebanese), Reem Bana, Singer (Palestinian), Fathi Salameh, Composer (Egyptian), Ayda Nadeem,

    Performer (Iraqi).

    Screenings:

        • Ecofilm International Festival / Rhodes – Greece June 2007. Winner of the Best Short Documentary Award.

        • Al-Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival March 2008 / Distinction of Jury, Special Mention.

        • Short Listed for the CMCA – International Prize for Mediterranean Documentary 13 Edition 2008.

        • Amal Euro-Arab Film Festival / Santiago – Spain October 2008. Winner of the Best Documentary Short Film Award.

        • Bahrain Human Rights International Film Festival 2009.

    Technical Information – Borderlands

    Title : “Borderlands” Haweyat 

    Directed by : Sawsan Darwaza

    Co-Director : Janus Metz 

    Length : 28 Minutes

    Type of film : Documentary

    Format : Super Betacam PAL – Colored 

    Country & Year of production : Jordan / Denmark in 2007

    Year of Shooting : 2006

    Executive Producer          : Pioneers Production Company / Amman – Jordan

    Produced by : Pioneers Production Company 

      and The Danish Center for Culture & Development  

    Copy : Subtitled into English

    Camera : Henrik Ipsen  

    Editing : Waheed Al-Qawasmeh  

    Production : Danish Center for Culture & Development 

    Submitted distributed By : Pioneers Production Company – Amman 

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