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WE BEGAN BY MEASURING DISTANCE


Directed by | Basma al Sharif

Genre fiction  |  Length: 19mins  |  Year of production: 2009


In Basma al Sharif’s awardwinning video art piece, still frames, text, language, and sound are woven together to unfold the narrative of an anonymous group who fill their time by measuring distance. Innocent measurements transition into political ones, leading to an examination of how image and sound communicate history, tragedy, and the complications of Palestinian nationalism. The work exposes an ultimate disenchantment with the power of “facts” when the visual fails to communicate the content of the tragic. Winner of the Jury Prize, Sharjah Biennale, 2009.