14.3 seconds

John Greyson

2008, 09:25 minutes


When the Iraq Film Archives were destroyed by US bombs during the 2003 Iraq war, a journalist rescued eight scraps of celluloid from the wreckage, totalling 14.3 seconds. In 2004, ICARP (the Iraq Coalition Archives Restoration Project) announced that it intended to use these scraps to painstakingly reconstruct what was once considered the greatest collection of Arab Cinema in the world. As media scholar Peter Limbrick attests, this imaginative work applies practices of "redaction, translation, archival and queer aesthetics to create new possibilities for the visualization of transnational solidarity and activism."

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Queer View
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