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Instant Cinema

Director Ammar al-Beik, curator and performer Donatella Della Ratta and filmmaker Aghyad Abou Koura will lead a practical laboratory on performativity, documentation and the instant of filming. Based on the participants’ personal history and artistic practice, they will be asked to prepare some working materials, which will then be the base for the making of a short film exercise. Participants will also be invited to watch the performance Ghouta Expanded 2.0.

“Because cinematography is something spontaneous and not planned, something can be felt via people’s eyes. For me, the idea of instant cinema with passionate people has to do with feeling the city, people’s energies.”
– Ammar al-Beik

25 OUT (thu) / from 17.00 to 20.00, Culturgest
27 OUT (sat) / from 15.00 to 18.00, Culturgest

General public – €30
Holders of the Gerador card – €20
Apordoc members and students – €15

Maximum number of participants: 15
There will be a selection process.

About the Tutors

Ammar al-Beik
Al-Beik explores details of his surroundings as he seeks to reveal the complexities of human relationships through his work, often alluding to current sociopolitical issues and how they reflect on the human soul. Al-Beik’s films have been shown at numerous international festivals, and his works have been featured in exhibitions across the world and are housed in private and public collections.

Donatella Della Ratta
Donatella Della Ratta is a scholar, writer, performer, and curator specializing in Arab media and cultures. She is co-founder and board member of the website SyriaUntold. She has curated several international art exhibitions and film programmes, including Syria Off Frame, a collective show of 140 Syrian artists (Fondazione Cini, Venice, 2015), and Syrian New Waves, on contemporary image-making in Syria (Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, 2017).

Aghyad Abou Koura
Aghyad Abou Koura is a former dentistry student and a bass guitar hobbyist player. After his 50-day journey to Berlin in 2015, he started realising the importance of the image-memory. He played the main character in two of Ammar al Al-Beik’s films, Hand in Hand and Catch Me Yes. Aghyad is working on his first two films, a short and a feature film, about his experiences travelling to Berlin and on the connection between reality, cinema and image.


Until when I can apply?
The call for applications will close on the 18th of October 2018.

How can I apply?
To make the application, you need to fill this Link.

How many people will attend the workshop?
Up until 15 applicants will be selected.

When do I know if I was selected?
You will be informed until the 20th of October 2018.

Will the Lab be theoretical?
No, the workshop will be essentially practical.

Will any filming material be necessary?
Yes, the participant should bring a camera (it can be a cellphone camera, a film camera or any other device that captures video).

In what language will the Laboratory be given?
The Laboratory will be given in English.

If you have any questions, please write to programme@www.doclisboa.org

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