علم البيئة العالم الثالث
and other works
there is a parallel dimension, just one millimeter away from this one, where all of the tragedies on earth never happened. an earth so much like our own that it has our same creatures. magnificent fish that rainbow the oceans, huge whales that sing sonar to babies, and nurse their young, floating at sea.
PALESTINIAN WILDLIFE SERIES
expanded cinema performance
arabic & english subtitles
Palestinian Wildlife Series appropriates footage
from a nature documentary on African Wildlife
- shot from a television set in Palestine -
to reflect on parallel issues of mediation, displacement
and extinction among human and
It is part one of the Third World Ecology Trilogy, which meditates on devastation from colonialism across animal, plant and human life.
This series is designed for
live audiences in non traditional
Palestinian Wildlife Series was created with the support of the Kone Foundation and Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art.
THE PAN AFRICAN ASIAN WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION
CAIRO TO CONAKRY, 1960 - 1965
slide projection + video
Combining family archives with ecological records,
The Pan-African Asian Women’s Organization,
Cairo - Conakry 1960 - 1965 reflects on a women’s rights
organization, co-founded by my maternal
grandmother Aida Hamdi,
with headquarters in Egypt and Guinea
(two of the first African nations to achieve independence
from colonial rule)
at a time of widespread movements
for independence in Africa and Asia.
In this moving image, part of a scene entitled “Families of
Assassinated Leaders”, we see a sampling of the minerals and
animal life extracted by Belgians in the Congo between
1898 and 1961 (including Uranium sold to the U.S.’s
Manhattan project, to make the world’s first atomic bomb).
This project was created with the support of the CIMO
and Kone Foundations, Finland.
SINAI (a story i tell my daughter)
single channel video
Highlighting subtle and sensual movements of water and sea plants in the Egyptian Sinai,
this short essay film reflects on life in a twin dimension of earth
where the tragedies to our planet and its indigenous beings never happened.
This project was created with the support of the Kone Foundation.
Djamilla and Zohra (upcoming)
A meeting of the Pan African Asian Women’s Organization,
Egyptian delegation, Cairo 1961.
The group is honoring Algerian revolutionaries
Djamilla Bouhired and Zohra Drif
(seated, first and second from the right, with flowers).
This meeting was called by my grandmother, Aida Hamdi,
who stands behind Drif and Bouhired, smiling, in a black
This film fuses reflections on North Africa’s radical
histories of anticolonial independence and its women leaders
with erased histories of enviornmental and
indigenous land based resistance.
In the lower right corner of this image,
Zohra Drif and Djamilla Bourhired meet Egyptian
president Gamal Abdel Nasser.
(For further context, Drif, Bouhired and their commrades are the
female protagonists of Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 film,
The Battle of Algiers as well as Youssef Chahine’s
1958 film Jamila, The Algerian.)