TRANSIT VISA. A Video in 4 episodes by Akram Zaatari and Mahmoud Hojeij

Mahmoud Hojeij and Akram Zaatari

2001, 120:00 minutes, B&W, Arabic w Eng. s.t.


Transit Visa, explores the work of nine young artists from the Middle East, as they were invited to work for one week in Beirut to explore new methods in documentary making, especially documenting one’s own social context. For this reason, participants brought with them a set of required visual material considered as traces of the cities or culture(s) they come from. This visual material consisted a sample of a local television program and local newspaper, in addition to photographic or video shots of the participant’s bedroom, house, building, and street where the participant lives, and photo or video shots of the participants’ most favorite part of the town, where each of them lives.

This video documents those artists’ work on one-minute-videos, and communicates their thoughts and ideas in relation to the subject of the city, of memory, and of the visual trace. It is there, that the issue of transience in one’s relationship to the immediate context gets evoked.

episode # 1: Video. By Akram Zaatari (30 mins)
episode # 2: Welcome. By Mahmoud Hojeij (30 mins)
episode # 3: The visual Trace. By Akram Zaatari (30 mins).
episode # 4: I don't remember the rest of it. By Mahmoud Hojeij (30 mins).

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