“A FIDAI FILM” AT ATELIER 105 RESIDENCY
December 2022
︎︎︎Light Cone – Distribution, Exhibition and Conservation of Experimental Film, Paris

The participation of A Fidai Film has been announced as one of the selected projects for the second session of 2022 of the Atelier 105 Lauréats residency program.

︎︎︎https://lightcone.org/en/news-768-laureats-de-la-deuxieme-session-2022?fbclid=IwAR1-kn-MjKl84kInduBBcPk-aqk5qcx2C-P0XXzymRVdAmohv_VfO2oFzKw&fs=e&s=cl

“PARADISO, XXXI, 108” FILM SCREENING
October 22nd 2022
︎︎︎Viennale, Vienna

Aljafari’s new film takes its title from a brief story by Borges, one that considers our collective inability to know God by sight. To play against this concept, Aljafari presents footage of the Israeli military conducting maneuvers in the desert. The material itself is uncanny, since it is never entirely apparent whether we are watching documentary scenes, a staged training film, or decontextualized excerpts from a fictional feature. This aspect, heightened by Aljafari’s precise editing rhythms, suggests that violence is always doubled, a representation of itself. Aljafari peers into the collective unconscious of “the most moral army in the world.” (Michael Sicinski)


This film will be shown as part of the screening SHORT FILM PROGRAMME 2: CRISES IN PARADISE.

︎︎︎https://www.viennale.at/de/film/paradiso-xxxi-108?fbclid=IwAR2rrS805u9vxO132LVNHz3nFFPGTjQCVUesIa4SPQm-C5xL35TKLk1FPWk

“PARADISO, XXXI, 108” FILM SCREENING
September 27th to October 02nd 2022
︎︎︎BIEFF – Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival

Culled from Israeli military propaganda materials from the ‘60s and ‘70s, Paradiso, XXXI, 108 regards (with irony) towards a “cinematic self-portrait of men playing war”, to quote its author. Kamal Aljafari works here with a network of intertextual quotations – Sebald, Borges, Alighieri, themselves also “found” by the author – to create a conceptual counterpoint to the (fictional – what we see are exercises) images on the screen: “was then Your image like the image I see now?” (Dante). Like in Unusual Summer (2020), the filmmaker uses extradiegetic sound as a means of fictionalization (Silent Night, Handel’s Sarabande), proving his position as one of the most important found footage filmmakers of the moment.
︎︎︎Flavia Dima

︎︎︎https://bieff.ro/en/film/paradiso-xxxi-108-2/

“PARADISO, XXXI, 108” FILM SCREENING
September 16th 2022
︎︎︎CIFF – Camden International Film Festival, Points North Institute (USA)

Paradiso, XXXI, 108 will bee screened, also with live Q&A, during Camden International Film Festival, taking place at the Points North Institute.

︎︎︎https://pointsnorthinstitute.org/films/paradiso-xxxi-108addit/?parent=/films/?film_types=%5B%22Short%22%5D&shorts_blocks=%5B%22Protest%20Rhythms%20%22%5D



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