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Fascinating Palestinian artist and filmmaker Larissa Sansour arrives at Tyneside Cinema for a screening of some of her most powerful films. Featured films in the showcase include Soup Over Bethlehem (2006), in which an ordinary Palestinian family discuss food and politics over dinner on a rooftop overlooking the West Bank. Sbara (2008) explores criticism of Arabs in contemporary Western dialogue, while A Space Exodus (2009) follows the first Palestinian in space, proposing an optimistic and positive vision for a Palestinian future.
A must-see, Nation Estate (2012) features a woman returning home from a trip abroad and finding herself inside a unique solution to statehood: a single skyscraper housing the entire Palestinian population. This unique short received attention when it was pulled from competition at the Musée de l’Elysée by French clothing firm Lacoste due to its political connotations.

With heavy references to 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining, the tug and pull between fiction and reality central to the works is apparent. Sansour is fascinated by the ambition and accomplishment inherent in sci-fi in particular, and a nostalgic, space-age optimism is infused through her meditations on Palestine.

The films will be followed by an enlightening discussion between Sansour and Peter Taylor, Director of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

The showcase of Larissa Sansour films and the Q&A will take place on Tuesday 7th April.

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