Mario Rizzi, Adriano Mestichella
Mario Rizzi, Sharjah Art Foundation
Italy/United Arab Emirates
HD - colour
“Al Intithar” is the first of a trilogy of films, which focus on the emergence of a new civic imagination in Malaysia, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Syria and on the social implications of the end of postcolonialism in these countries. The trilogy, called “Bayt” (“House”), unravels how the narration of a revolutionary event can be enlightened by the unfolding of little everyday events in the life of unknown people.
“Al Intithar” was filmed during a seven-week stay in Camp Zaatari, the Syrian refugee camp in the Jordanian desert, and is a close and discreet regard on the simple and unrelenting life of a few Syrian women, highlighting the precariousness of their waiting for an undefined event and their pursuing a semblance of normality through the difficulties of their condition.