“The Scattered roof of memory”, a film by Mezar Matar
Sarjeila, a village in Syria’s Idleb governorate, Sarjeila died when its inhabitants abandoned it 1,300 years ago, leaving to posterity their solid stone dwellings, an olive press, and graves. Then suddenly, life returned with the arrival of new residents who fled war and death, to live like ghosts in houses abandoned centuries before.
The film follows the lives of three families who came to the village to build new homes there, and records their relationship with the place and how the place itself is changing.
It is a journal of people forced a thousand years back into the past, their lives destroyed... more
The image of the oppressor and the image of the victim in war
Since the start of the Syrian revolution, debate has raged over the importance of the image, its potency and the different ways by which one can engage with it. In this article, we attempt to participate in this debate from a different angle: dealing with the power of the image, its aims, its audience and the ease (or difficulty) of accessing it, by reference to what is technically known as “hors champ” or “out of frame”—a concept that incorporates both the problem at hand and a means to solve it.
The power of the image
History tells us, unfortunately, that in wartime... more