Julia Meltzer and David Thorne
Arabic and Armenian with English subtitles
Winner! Best New International Video, Images Fest Toronto
Winner! Dialogue Award, Electronic Media Arts Fest Germany
A documentary video in five parts presenting competing visions of an uncertain future, We Will Live to See These Things was shot in 2005 and 2006 in Damascus, Syria.
Each section of the piece—the chronicle of a building in downtown Damascus; documentation of an equestrian event; an interview with a dissident intellectual; a portrait of children learning the Qur’an; the recitation of a vision beheld by a U.S. policymaker—offers a different perspective on what might come to pass in a place where people live between the forces of a repressive regime, a growing conservative Islamic presence and shifting pressures from the USA.
Institutional DVD purchase copies also include the performance-art short work Not a Matter of If, But When, also directed by Julia Meltzer and David Thorne.
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