Foyle Film Festival – Screenings by Ali Cherri and Chris Marker & Alan Resnais

Void are delighted to have two films featured as part of this year's Foyle Film Festival. One of the filmakers, Ali Cherri, is an exhibiting artist at Void as part of the exhibition Where History Begins curated by Mary Cremin. Please see details below:

 

November 21st, 7pm – Nerve Centre, Derry

Admission free. See http://www.foylefilmfestival.org

 

Ali Cherri

The Digger, 2015

Video – 30 min

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Imane Farès

For twenty years, Sultan Zeib Khan has kept watch over a ruined Neolithic necropolis in the Sharjah desert in the United Arab Emirates. Although majestic, the wide–angle shots have no monumentalising intent: the beauty and extent of the site speak for themselves. What is playing out here is the possibility for one man to become part of a landscape that overwhelms him yet seems to need his help. Seen under the silhouette of a rock about to devour him or as a dwarfed gure spade in hand walking from the back of the frame, Sultan curiously busies himself from day to day to prevent the ruins… from falling into ruin.

 

Alan Resnais & Chris Marker

Statues Also Die, 1953

Video – 30 min 

Les statues meurent aussi (Statues Also Die) is a film by Alain Resnais, Chris Marker and Ghislain Cloquet that analyses European perceptions of historical African art within colonialism. It speculates on the spiritual properties of African traditional works (from sculptures to masks) and problematizes the Western commercialisation of these pieces.