NOOR and the NOOR Foundation are proud to share the latest films produced by NOOR Film, NOOR’s in-house film production house, on this special projection night. From the fishing of bluefin tuna in the deep waters of Italy to a reimagining of Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda classics in the Trump era, NOOR Authors use their assertive voice to shed a light on untold, unheard and unseen stories of our world today.
All the films screened during the project night are following below:
The Triumph of the Shill by Nina Berman
Nina Berman’s short documentary Triumph of the Shill reimagines the Leni Riefenstahl 1935 Nazi propaganda classic as an aesthetic blueprint to consider the 2017 presidential inauguration and election of Donald J. Trump.
As If We Were Tuna by Francesco Zizola
Between April and June, large shoals of bluefin tuna come in from the ocean to reach the clear and warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. And skilled Italian tonnaroti, the tuna fishermen, lay in wait, casting big and complex nets into the sea – tuna traps tied to floats and ready to lead the fish through a maze of chambers. Among the various chambers created by the nets, the most important for the purpose of fishing and catching tuna is the “death chamber”, so-called because it hosts the killing or la mattanza. La mattanza is not only the closing act in tuna fishing, but is also a sacred ritual which has inspired poets and philosophers through the ages. ‘As if our men were tuna’ says the ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus in The Persians (472 BCE), narrating the Persian defeat at the dramatic battle of Salamis. This multimedia piece was realised with images and sounds taken during the fishing of bluefin tuna in Portoscuso and Porto Paglia, Sardinia, between April and June 2016 and 2017. Besides documenting the tonnara, one of the last traditional working tuna traps in the Mediterranean and its importance among the coastal communities, it also highlights its role as the last sustainable method for catching tuna, in contrast with industrial fishing practices that are depleting fish populations around the world.
A Violent Thread by Jon Lowenstein
Since 2001, there have been more than 6000 homicides in Chacgo, a disproportionate number of which occurred on the city’s South Side. Despite some of the thoughts gun-control laws in the country, 532 murders were reported in 2012 alone. The consistent drumbeat of violence cuts across all generations.
Syria Via Whatsapp by Tanya Habjouqa
For Syrian refugees in Jordan, the burdens of violence are present in their scant belongings, heavy mementos to remind themselves of those they lost in the war. The draw to Europe seduces entire families, but most often because of the high risk and financial cost, it is often the fathers and brothers who first make the journey. The women keep their mobile phones like talisman, they carry within them voice messages of love, lullabies, and hope. Habjouqa’s photos explore these complicated intimacies of everyday life of Syrian women who have been left behind, clinging to a hope that soon their family will be reunited once again and, in too many cases, grappling with the knowledge they will never see them again.
In The Same Boat by Francesco Zizola
In 2015 the ever-increasing number of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean on unseaworthy vessels towards Europe led to an unprecedented crisis. Nearly 120 thousand people reached Italy in the first eight months of the year. As European governments have struggled to deal with the influx the death toll in the Mediterranean hit record numbers. Early in May the international medical relief organization Médecins Sans Frontières (M.S.F.) joined in the Mediterranean search and rescue operations launching three ships at different stages: the Phoenix (run by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station), the Bourbon Argos and Dignity. Francesco Zizola was on board of the Bourbon Argos in August and September 2015, documenting the rescue of over three thousand migrants.
Roädkill – Motörhead by Pep Bonet
After being sacked from Hawkwind in 1975, supposedly for “doing the wrong drugs,” Lemmy Kilmister decided to form a new band, originally to be called Bastard. Realizing that this would preclude them from commercial acceptance, he eventually settled on Motörhead, after a song he had written for Hawkwind. His stated aim was for the outfit to be “the dirtiest rock n’ roll band in the world”. The name Motörhead was derived from a slang term for an amphetamine user. While the band are typically classified as heavy metal or speed metal, Kilmister has refused such labels, preferring to describe Motorhead’s style simply as “rock and roll.” Motörhead’s lyrics cover such topics as war, good versus evil, abuse of power, promiscuous sex, substance abuse, and “life on the road”. Motörhead’s approach has remained the same over the band’s career and still does about 150 shows every year. They are widely recognized as progenitors of thrash metal, a fusion of heavy metal and what was soon to become hardcore punk. Consequently they influenced countless rock, punk rock, and heavy metal bands that followed. The actual band members are: Lemmy Kilmister – Bass and vocals, Phil Campbell – Lead guitar and Backup vocals and Mikkey Dee at the Drums. Pep Bonet has been documenting their life on the road between 2008 and 2015