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Sophia Al-Maria: Temporal Vertigo

This programme contains 10 films.

In-Person screening

Maltings Main House
22 September 2018, 16:15 – 17:00

‘Temporal Vertigo’ is a wide-ranging selection of moving image work made by artist, writer and filmmaker Sophia Al-Maria over the last seven years. As schizophrenic in form as it is in chronology, the ten works shown move from essay film to music video, documentary, narrative, performance and all points in between. Included are the two part ‘Gulf Futurism’ essay film The Future Was Desert, which images the desert as a place outside of time; enigmatic science-fiction/documentary hybrid Mothership; and two music videos for Fatima Al Qadiri. This program represents the first retrospective screening of Al-Maria’s formally rigorous and beautifully cinematic work, providing a view of visual and thematic cross-contaminations between many different projects.

Q&A with filmmaker Sophia Al-Maria

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The Future Was Desert (Part I)

‘Mankind’s days are numbered, all their activities will be nothing but wind’

—Sumerian proverb

Director

Sophia Al-Maria

Production Country

United Kingdom

Production Year

2016

Duration

5 mins

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Fatima Al Qadiri: How Can I Resist U

Qatari Supercars on Edgeware Road / London towerblocks / and so much Gulfie Arab donk

Director

Sophia Al-Maria

Production Country

United Kingdom

Production Year

2011

Duration

4 mins

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choque

FIFA Qatar and FIFA Brazil all mixed together

Director

Sophia Al-Maria

Production Countries

Brazil Qatar

Production Year

2014

Duration

5 mins

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Slaughter

Rushes of the 2012 Eid al-Adha slaughter shot for the climax of the abandoned feature film Beretta

Director

Sophia Al-Maria

Production Country

Egypt

Production Year

2013

Duration

6 mins

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Mothership

A baby bird moves in the sand, watched by a mysterious stranger

Director

Sophia Al-Maria

Production Countries

Qatar United Kingdom

Production Year

2017

Duration

3 mins

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D0ved0wn

Though only the recipient can fully decode this video love letter, it is general enough to be read as a universal love poem

Director

Sophia Al-Maria

Duration

3 mins

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Fatima Al Qadiri: Spiral ft. Bobo Secret

A belly dance-off mixing femme and masc in a sensual homage to the form

Director

Sophia Al-Maria

Production Country

United Kingdom

Production Year

2017

Duration

5 mins

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Not Really in Reality Reality TV

A surreal interview with Chinese-American actress Bai Ling, cast as a ‘love goddess’ and speaking on the subject of vengefulness

Director

Sophia Al-Maria

Production Country

United Kingdom

Production Year

2017

Duration

4 mins

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Wayuu Creation Myth

A companion piece to The Magical State, Ziruma reveals the bloody Wayuu cosmogony

Director

Sophia Al-Maria

Production Country

Colombia

Production Year

2017

Duration

4 mins

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The Future Was Desert (Part II)

‘Deserts possess a particular magic, since they have exhausted their own futures, and are thus free of time’ —J.G. Ballard

Director

Sophia Al-Maria

Production Country

United Kingdom

Production Year

2016

Duration

5 mins