Have You Ever Killed a Bear? or Becoming Jamila
Marwa Arsanios, Lebanon 2014, 25 min.
Mapping Lessons is a time capsule, a spatio-temporal traveler's guide through the logics of capital accumulation, border-making and colonial domination. The film recycles colonial images of power by taking us on a journey from the colonization of the Levant to the 2011 Syrian Revolution. Rizk intermingles these images with depictions of, amongst others, the settler colonialism of the Americas, the Bolshevik Revolution and the Spanish anti-fascist struggles of the 1930s. By juxtaposing scenes gathered from different geographies and times, Mapping Lessons disrupts the logic of the films it appropriates in an attempt to remap our visual horizons.