Language is political in this subtle short film that shows an unnamed man in Amman, Jordan repeating decontextualized political English words all including the letter P - a letter that doesn't exist in the Arabic language, meaning that one’s pronunciation of it is coded socially and economically.
Images Festival is humbled to present Parables for the Future Sun, an online program that features Palestinian artists and filmmakers who have worked with the festival over the past ten years. With contributions by Alaa Abu Asad, Basma al-Sharif, Kamal Aljafari, Larissa Sansour, Muhammad Nour ElKhairy and Rehab Nazzal, the program oscillates between reality and possibility, soaring across generations, throughout the diaspora and back home again.
Parables for the Future Sun is an offering through video of wishes, tales, and testimony to the sun for safekeeping. It is dedicated to the possibility of a bright, abundant Palestine. We continue to urge the cessation of destruction of innocent life and essential infrastructure amounting to war crimes under international law. We plead with our local and national leaders to work on ending the genocide as well as the occupation and apartheid in Palestine in alignment with the global community of human rights advocates including B'Tselem, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations.
Images has had the privilege of presenting work by many Palestinian artists and curators over the course of our 37-year history. As a film festival operating on stolen land, we acknowledge the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report and will work to platform the voices of artists at a time when voices are being suppressed, censored, and erased. Please continue to share and support the work of Palestinian artists and filmmakers. Parables for the Future Sun is available globally for two weeks beginning February 15 and extending until February 29, 2024. It is free to the public.
Content Warning: Strong strobing effect throughout Deep Sleep by Basma al-Sharif