AFK | Screenings

a dream, a mountain, a ruin

Gelare Khoshgozaran
Curated By: Nasrin Himada


Gelare Khoshgozaran
USA | 2023 | SUPER 8 > DIGITAL | 10 MIN

A poetic reflection on the artist’s exile that connects Tehran with Los Angeles, Men of My Dreams unfolds a series of vignettes that toy with the unstable ground between dream and reality. Treating the past as materially present in fragments of knowledge carried by the body, it delves into the artist’s personal history while seeking the idea of home in the lineage of antifascist thought, poetry, and activism.

Saturday, April 22, 2023
3:00PM EDT
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5
Street level entrance, elevator and ramp available, door width 32”+, no automatic doors. Gender neutral single occupancy accessible (32”+) washroom, automatic door No accessible parking on site 4 wheelchair seats in-cinema.

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COVID-19 Policy

Images Festival is committed to providing an accessible festival and continues to work to reduce barriers to participation at our events. This year, we are implementing a COVID-19 policy to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission for all, and to prioritize the participation of people who are disability-identified, immunocompromised, or part of an otherwise vulnerable group.

The following guidelines will be in place: Self-Assessment: We ask that staff and participants screen themselves for COVID-19 before visiting the exhibition.

Gelare Khoshgozaran’s work sets up a deep engagement with moving images that address the geopolitical urgencies afflicting our contemporary context. Viewers are invited to a close study of Khoshgozaran’s films that inform the poetry and dreams of diasporic longings, embedded in the exploration of form and assembly; and in the resounding echoes of life despite endless wars, invasions, and occupation. The works presented in this program open up broader conversations around documentation, dislocation, and the lyric, asking: How do these images condition the effects of reimagined spaces? And how do they inform the stories we tell of exile and dispossession?

Please join us for a conversation with Gelare Khoshgozaran following the screening.

Gelare Khoshgozaran is an undisciplinary artist and filmmaker whose work engages with the legacies of imperial violence. She uses film and video to explore narratives of belonging outside of the geographies and temporalities that have both unsettled our sense of home and made our places of affinity uninhabitable.

Nasrin Himada is a Palestinian writer and curator currently residing in Kingston, Ontario. They hold the position of Associate Curator at Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

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