#1 Languages of liberation

Erika Balsom, Éric Baudelaire
with Ghassan Salhab

Scholar Erika Balsom and filmmaker Éric Baudelaire propose to explore how the revolutionary languages of the 1960s and 1970s—languages of documentary filmmaking, artistic expression and political action alike—resonate today. How have the energies of this moment persisted and mutated? How can they provide a resource for thinking through the urgencies of the present, for the future? In a moment when hope for political transformation feels increasingly necessary, what forms and acts can best respond to the need to re-imagine reality?

Un film dramatique | Éric Baudelaire | 2019
Une rose ouverte / Warda | Ghassan Salhab | 2019

22 OCT from 10.30 to 13.00, Culturgest — Room 4

About the UNDO Fellows

Éric Baudelaire
Éric Baudelaire (1973, Salt Lake City) lives and works in Paris, France. After training as a social scientist, Baudelaire established himself as a visual artist often focussed on social and historical research. Since 2010, he has devoted himself more seriously to filmmaking. His feature films include Also Known As Jihadi (2017), Letters to Max (2014), The Ugly One (2013) and The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years Without Images (2011).

Erika Balsom
Lecturer in film studies at King’s College London. She is the author of After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation and Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art, as well as the co-editor of Documentary Across Disciplines. She contributes to magazines such as Artforum and Frieze, and has published in scholarly journals including Cinema Journal and Grey Room. In 2018, she was awarded a Leverhulme Prize and the Kovács Essay Award.

About the invited directors

Ghassan Salhab
He has directed seven feature films—Ashbah Beyrouth, Terra Incognita, Atlal, 1958, Al Jabal, Al-Wadi and Une rose ouverte/Warda—all selected in various international film festivals, in addition to numerous “essays”, and different “video works”, including Heber Sini, and Aala Kad Al Shawk (with Mohamed Soueid). He collaborates on various scenarios, teaches film in Lebanon, and published texts, articles and a book, Fragments du livre du naufrage.

Filmmaking Seminar