Al Jazeera English :ARTSCAPE: POETS OF PROTEST
A sneak preview of work in progress of six documentaries.
Poetry in the Middle East lives and breathes like few other places. The film previews will be accompanied with discussions on the role of poetry as protest through these diverse poets as well as some poetry performances. The filmmakers will be talking about their process of the making of these documentaries.
Poets of Protest uses narrative observational documentary to reveal the hazardous lives of six contemporary poets, while beautifully filmed interludes provide visual interpretations of their works – a glimpse of the soul of the Middle East.
From the Egyptian folk hero whose poetry was performed in Tahrir Square, to a Saharawi war poetess in the Al Auin camp – this unique series of beautiful films will challenge pre-conceptions in both its content and visual form.
One of the documentaries we are showing is “Yehia Jaber – Laughter is My Exit”, directed by Roxana Vilk
A moving and comedic journey with the acclaimed Lebanese poet Yehia Jaber, a former communist soldier whose disillusion with war forced him to swap his gun for a pen. This film takes us from his busy artistic life in downtown Beirut, where he performs his comedic poetry, to the graves of his parents in southern Lebanon, his memories of battle and the inspiration for his darker work.
Director: Roxana Vilk
Camera: Ian Dodds
Editor: Ling Lee
Sound Design & Music: Peter Vilk
Kitchen Sink Film & Reel Festivals in collaboration with the Scottish Documentary Institute & GOL Productions present