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Directed by | Larissa Sansour

Genre fiction  |  Length: 5mins  |  Year of production: 2008

A Space Exodus quirkily sets up an adapted stretch of Stanley Kubrick�s Space Odyssey in a Middle Eastern political context. The recognizable music scores of the 1968 science fiction film are changed to arabesque chords matching the surreal visuals of Sansour�s film. The film follows the director herself onto a phantasmagorical journey through the universe echoing Stanley Kubrick�s thematic concerns for human evolution, progress and technology. However, in her film, Sansour posits the idea of a first Palestinian into space, and, referencing Armstrong�s moon landing, she interprets this theoretical gesture as �a small step for a Palestinian, a giant leap for mankind�. The film offers a naively hopeful and optimistic vision for a Palestinian future contrasting sharply with all the elements that are currently eating away at the very idea of a viable Palestinian state.