In 1962, Oscar Niemeyer was invited to conceive an international fairground in the city of Tripoli, Lebanon, which was never completed. The documentary كیف لا نغرق في السراب / To Remain in the No Longer (CCA, 2023, 38min) directed by Joyce Joumaa, 2021–2022 Emerging Curator, looks at how architecture operates in this failed state. By examining the precarity of the project site that remains to this day, the film reflects on the country’s current socio-economic crisis. Employing archival materials, interviews, and 16mm and digital film, the experimental documentary explores the political and cultural forces that have come to bear on the site—from its halted construction to its imposed abandonment and attempted reappropriations.
كیف لا نغرق في السراب / To Remain in the No Longer will screen as part of the 11th season of the international open air architecture film festival Architektur.Film.Sommer at the Architekturzentrum Wien. The festival this year is curated by Lene Benz and Marlene Rutzendorfer, who present documentaries, short films and experimental films under the heading: Re-Learning Architecture. On unlearning and re-learning architecture. A virtual Q&A with film director, Joyce Joumaa, will follow the screening.
Wednesday 16 August, at 8.30pm
Architekturzentrum Wien, in the courtyard
Museumsplatz 11070 Vienna
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