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Nov 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Opening and Closing Shots

With Filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Jason Fox, Rasha Salti & Tom Keenan

I would not say that I closed my eyes. More that I have been betrayed, tricked by images and therefore I am resistant, suspicious, of their lucid truth. – Rasha Salti

Tune into an online program organized to celebrate World Records Volume 4: In The Presence of Others. which explores how documentary may provide a platform and grounds for collective action.

Convene with us online to catch filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (The Viewing Booth) and writer/curator Rasha Salti sharing a series of photographs and images from their personal repositories. Through a presentation of trading back-and-forth Alexandrowicz and Salti will pursue their desire to find a language to discuss the images that haunt them, that they are unwilling to let go of, that might constitute new openings and closings for social and political imagination.

They will be joined in conversation by Tom Keenan who will guide a conversation around un-seeing, dissociation and feeling betrayed.

Online registration is free! RSVP at the ticketing link to receive an email reminder and link to join. Or just come back here and stream at the link above.

Also, catch Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s The Viewing Booth streaming concurrently at this year’s DOCNYC November 11 – 19.


Opening and Closing Shots

Filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (The Viewing Booth) and writer and curator Rasha Salti convene to trade and examine with each other a series of video fragments and archival selections.

Organized as a back-and-forth dialogue moderated by Tom Keenan, this program ask Alexandrowicz and Salti to engage each other and the viewers in their pursuit of close-reading images to find new social and political imaginations. 

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Participant Bios

Ra’anan Alexandrowicz is a director, screenwriter and editor. He is known for the documentary The Law in These Parts (2011), which received the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, a Peabody award, and numerous other prizes. His earlier documentaries, The Inner Tour (2001) and Martin (1999), were shown in the Berlin Film Festival’s Forum section and MoMA’s New Directors / New Films series. Alexandrowicz’s single fiction feature, James’ Journey to Jerusalem (2003), premiered in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and at the Toronto International Film Festival and received several international awards. Alexandrowicz’s films have been released theatrically in the United States and Europe, and broadcast by PBS, ARTE, the BBC, as well as other television channels.

Thomas Keenan teaches media theory and human rights at Bard College, where he directs the Human Rights Project and helped create the first undergraduate degree program in human rights in the United States. He is the author of Fables of Responsibility (Stanford University Press, 1997), and co-author with Eyal Weizman of Mengele’s Skull (Sternberg, 2012). He is co-editor, with Wendy Chun, of New Media, Old Media (Routledge, 2006), and of The Human Snapshot (Luma/Sternberg/CCS, 2013) with Tirdad Zolghadr. Keenan has served on the boards of a number of human rights organizations and journals, including WITNESS, Scholars at Risk, the Crimes of War Project, the Journal of Human Rights, and Humanity.

Jason Fox is a filmmaker and professor based in New York City. He has taught at Vassar College, Cooper Union and at CUNY Hunter College. As well, he has worked as a documentary programmer in conjunction with The American Museum of Natural History, The Flaherty Seminar, and Maysles Cinema, among others. He also serves on the Board of Organization for Visual Progression, an organization that partners with social justice organizations to provide training on using visual media in their advocacy efforts. He holds an MA from New York University and and MFA from CUNY Hunter College.

Rasha Salti is a researcher, writer and curator of art and film. She lives and works between Berlin and Beirut.

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Nov 17, 2020
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


352 Onderdonk Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385 United States
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