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Directed by | Mohanad Yaqubi

Genre fiction  |  Length: 8mins  |  Year of production: 2007

This short video$ art collaboration between Yaqubi and French dancer choreographer Jean Gaudin is evidence of a new standard and style of video art production being undertaken in the West Bank. Yaqubi places Gaudin�s enigmatic character Rico in the heart of a Ramallah night, setting the dancer�s staccato movements against a back of the nocturnal city�s hospitals, empty market places, family homes, and refugee camp alleyways. Neither narrative nor entirely abstract, this is a mood piece in which Rico takes the audience on a surreal whirlwind tour of a city as close to sleep as it ever gets.