Planetary Drift Film Screening: “ME, MYSELF, AND MY MOTHER”


Thursday, May 5, 2022

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Hosted at Interference Archive as part of Planetary Drift Film Screening Week

About this event


This session of the Planetary Drift program will present the video works “Ibrahim: A Fate to Define” by Lina Al Abed, “me, myself and my other” by Yamil Orlando, and “Solo Yo” by Javier Calvo. The three works carefully address intergenerational trauma and displacement through political and personal upheaval, such as in the documentary “Ibrahim: A Fate to Define. It’s director Lina Al Abed searches for traces of her disappeared father: a seemingly ordinary Palestinian family man who was actually a secret member of a militant splinter faction and vanished when she was just a child.

The screenings will be introduced by Ameli M. Klein and will be followed by an open discussion concerning paradoxes of identity construction formulated between cultural, racial and bureaucratic markers within the context of migration and displacement.

Hosted at the Interference Archive as part of the Planetary Drift Film Screening Week, May 4-6th

Co-curated by Carmen L. Hines and Ameli M. Klein

The geopolitics dictating planetary disposition affect our contemporary condition on multiple, interlocking scales. How are the fibers of personal history, social relation and national identity embedded in layers of politico-economic crisis? And how can such expansive questions be explored through film?

In a three-day program orchestrated by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, a diverse collection of filmmakers engaging with such issues will be screened and positioned for discursive consideration. The three day program, which will take place at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Interference Archive, and the E-flux Screening Room, will address notions of national identity, the intersection of environmental and social crisis, and the planetary shift towards a nomadic sense of community and belonging. How has the current crisis shifted our perspective? And how can film as a medium illicit critical reflection on such questions?