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The White Elephant

ALT | Modes

Using found audiovisual web-fragments and images of young Tsahal soldiers enjoying trance music, a Palestinian teenager struggles to self-identify. In compiling these disparate video clips from the 90s, director Shuruq Harb connects us to her semi-autobiographical experience growing up in the occupied territories during the turbulent and transformative period of the Oslo Accords. Touching on the provocative and the mundane, Harb refracts these internalized images of self through the gaze of the occupier and asks, "When you take something apart, how in the world do you remember how it’s supposed to go back together?"

Screens in program MODES 1

After the screening on Sunday, Oct. 7, please join us for light refreshments after a short walk to our community partner’s head office, HCMA Architecture + Design (400-675 West Hastings). Starting at 4:00pm, HCMA will lead a discussion around some of the themes and issues brought to light in MODES 1. Director and installation artist, Dimitri Venkov (Hymns of Muscovy) will join us via Skype from Moscow to take a deeper dive into his work.
This is a FREE event and open to all. Please reserve a seat on the Eventbrite listing.


North American premiere
Director Shuruq Harb
Country of Origin: Palestine
Year: 2018
Running Time: 12 mins
Format: PRORES
Language:In English, Hebrew
Cast: Sophia Harb
Editor: Shuruq Harb, Ameen Nayfeh
Cinematographer: Mirna Bamieh, Marwan Asad
Print Source: Shuruq Harb


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