Space exodus

Larissa Sansour [Pal.-Dan., 2008, 5 min,num., VOA/Original English version]

A Space Exodus imagine l’expérience palestinienne de déracinement ultime et pousse la situation politique actuelle à son extrême extra-terrestre en envoyant le premier Palestinien sur la lune.

A Space Exodus envisions the final uprootedness of the Palestinian experience and takes the current political predicament to its extra-terrestrial extreme by landing the first Palestinian on the moon. The film quirkily sets up an adapted stretch of Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey in a Middle Eastern political context. The recognisable music scores of the 1968 science fiction film are changed to arabesque chords matching the surreal visuals of Sansour’s film. We follow the artist herself embarking on a phantasmagoric journey through the universe, echoing Stanley Kubrick’s thematic concerns for human evolution, progress and technology. However, Sansour posits the idea of a first Palestinian in space, and, referencing Armstrong’s moon landing, she interprets this theoretical gesture as “a small step for a Palestinian, a giant leap for mankind”.

A Space Exodus (2008) is the first part of Larissa Sansour’s science fiction trilogy along with Nation Estate (2012) and In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain (2016). Under the common themes of loss, belonging, heritage and national identity, the three films each explore different aspects of the political turmoil the Middle East.

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