Sandlines, the Story of History

Sandlines, the Story of History

film-roll Irak / Color / 61' / 2020 13+

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.

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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.

Director
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
Language
Arabic, English
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