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Sandlines, the Story of History

    Sandlines, the Story of History

    Irak / Color / 61' / 2020 13+

    Children’s Juries Award (over 13 years old) for Best Feature Documentary

    The children of a mountain village near Mosul reenact a century of Iraqi history, from the secret agreement of Sykes/Picot signed in 1916 to the realm of terror established by the Islamic State in 2016. The children revisit their past to understand their present.

    Francis Alÿs

    He was born in 1959 in Belgium but lives and works in Mexico City. Trained as an architect and urbanist, he moved to Mexico in 1986 to work with local NGO’s. In 1990 he entered the field of visual arts. His practice embraces multiple media, from painting and drawing to video and photography. Although his studio is based in Mexico City, he has done over the last 20 years numerous projects in collaboration with local communities around the world, from South America to North Africa and Middle East. Since 2016 he has been engaged in a series of new projects in Iraq.

    Cast & Crew

    • direction: Francis Alÿs
    • Screenplay: Francis Alÿs
    • Cinematography: Francis Alÿs, Ivan Boccara, Julien Devaux
    • Editing: Julien Devaux
    • Sound Design: Felix Blume
    • Film Cast: Mohamed the Englishman, Ali the Frenchman, Fatma the Narrator, Demoa the Narrator’s Companion, Younis the Arab
    • producer:: Francis Alÿs
    • original language:  Arabic, English