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Red Chewing Gum and Other Shorts by Akram Zaatari
Red Chewing Gum and Other Shorts by Akram Zaatari

Short Film

Akram Zaatari


48 minutes

Arabic with English subtitles

1. Red Chewing Gum
2000, 10 minutes
This erotic short is a love poem of sorts as one man recalls meeting another in an alley fifteen years earlier. There, alone in the alley together, they avidly watch a young street vendor chew his gum. One particular piece of gum stands out in the poet's memory because of its color.

2. Teach Me
1996, 6 minutes
By constructing new meaning out of recycled TV news footage, Zaatari creates a thought-provoking statement against violence.

3. Countdown
1995, 7 minutes
Zaatari creates an interesting montage by mixing footage of real-life war and reel entertainment.

4. Gift
1995, 4 minutes
A boy begs the filmmaker to let him join a soccer game in order to appear on TV in this look at Lebanonís summertime beach boys.

5. Reflections
1995, 11 minutes
Memories and images of childhood are reflected both on the screen and in the small mirror that a young boy plays with as a toy.

6. A Family Portrait
1995, 10 minutes
A profile of a young, modern Lebanese family who are having their family photo taken, this multi-layered work examines the differences and similarities between real life and the synthetic world of TV and film.

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

Rental Information
This film is available from AFD for public screenings and television broadcast. For information regarding rental rates and formats, please contact [email protected] for institutional/non-theatrical screenings, or [email protected] for theatrical, festival, television, or other bookings.

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