A Plate of Sardines

Tabaq el-sardin

Talíř sardinek

  • Omar Amiralay
  • Syria
  • 1997, 17 min
Photography: Etienne De Grammont
Editing: Domminique Pâris
Sound: Emile Sa‘adeh
Color: Colour and B&W
Language: Arabic

The director visits the city of Quneitra, which was destroyed during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 1967 and retaken by Syria five years later, but was never rebuilt. The meaning of the images in the memories being recounted is transformed through a new look at past events and by filling in the gaps of recent events and experiences, such as remembering a plate of sardines. The memory of a place, projected onto decaying buildings, is an embodiment of the consequences of political decisions.

Photo Gallery

Festival edition: 2012
Sections: Tribute Omar Amiralay
Exhibition format: DVCAM
Subtitle languages: English


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