Cinema Film Detail:
We Will Live to See These Things by Julia Meltzer and David Thorne. United States/Syria, 2007, 47 min, Digibeta, NY Premiere
Each section of this five-part documentary—from the chronicle of a building in downtown Damascus to an interview with a dissident intellectual to a portrait of a Qur’an school for girls—offers a different perspective on what might come to pass in Syria, where people live between the competing forces of a repressive regime, a growing conservative Islamic movement, and intense pressure from the United States. Ranging from the mundane to the fantastical, these disparate possibilities reveal the complexities and tensions in a country that has become the object of intense international scrutiny.
Preceded by: You, Wagih (Toi, Waguih), by Namir Abdel-Messeeh. France, 2005, 29 min, MiniDV
Sat, Nov 10, 6:05 P.M. Q&A with directors Julia Meltzer & David Thorne
Julia Meltzer is a media artist and the director of Clockshop, a nonprofit production company in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her M.F.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a 2004 recipient of a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship and was a Fulbright Fellow in Damascus for 2005–6. In 2007 she received an Art Matters grant.
David Thorne is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. He received an Art Matters grant in 2007 and a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship in 2004. He completed an interdisciplinary studio M.F.A. at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2004. In spring 2006 David was a visiting artist at the Cooper Union in New York City. He collaborated with Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt and Katya Sander on the project 9 Scripts from a Nation at War for documenta 12.
Festivals and Awards
- Images Festival, Toronto, Best New International Video, 2007
- Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2007
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