MONITOR 14: Drifting with the Summer Tides / Dialogue with the Unseen, 2019

SAVAC is thrilled to announce the final program of films and screening details for MONITOR 14: Drifting with the Summer Tides curated by Rasha Salti. This edition of MONITOR asks the viewer to float and travel towards different realities and lived experiences that the artists and filmmakers find necessary to mediate and communicate. The program articulates along four movements, Billowing Tide, Wave Crest, Breaker Tide, and Ebbing Wave, featuring films by: Meera Devidayal, Gian Spina, Valerio Rocco Orlando, Jayce Salloum, Sponge Gourd, Mairead McClean, Karan Shrestha, Ghita Skali, Dalia Al-Kury, Pathompon Mont Tesprateep, Inas Halabi and Taiki Sakpisit.

For a deeper look into the program, we invite you to read Rasha Salti’s curatorial musings on the making of Drifting with the Summer Tides.

Dialogue with the Unseen, 2019

Valerio Rocco Orlando, Italy/Palestine 23:36 minutes
Pondering their individual connections to faith, nature and society against the sound of their steps resonating like a metronome, Saleh Bakri converses with poetess Asmaa Azaizeh and DJ Eisa Khalifa respectively, as they traverse different landscapes, the desert-like scape of Maktesh Ramon, the remains of old Haifa and the rural hills facing Nazareth. Intended as a video installation that meditates the meanings of belonging to a land or a place, Dialogue with the Unseen is the fruit of years of the artist’s engagement with the question of Palestine and of his complicity with Saleh Bakri.
Written by Valerio Rocco Orlando and Saleh Bakri
Directed by Valerio Rocco Orlando
Cinematography: Ziad Bakri
Edited by Valerio Rocco Orlando
Sound: Firas Shehadeh
Cast: Saleh Bakri, Asmaa Azaizeh, Eisa Khalifa