Love, Longing, and the Apocalypse | Chicago Reader

Love, Longing, and the Apocalypse

Three short videos by Lebanese women. Parine Jaddo's contemplative Astray uses exquisite interior shots of an orderly home to access the inner turmoil of the heroine, an Arab-American struggling with isolation and family worries in the aftermath of September 11. Much different in tone, Jaddo's Aisha (1999) challenges our conventional notion of Arab women's sexuality, as a feisty documentarian interrogates Middle Eastern men who were her cousin's lovers. Sabine El Chamaa's experimental How Beautiful Is the Sea (2003) takes place in a city under attack; the female narrator finds refuge in slumber, and abstract images convey the impermanence of the flesh as two soul mates meet on the beach to face a deluge. In English and subtitled Arabic. 69 min.

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