Films

A SAUDI ARTIST AT STANDING ROCK: AHMED MATER


THE GLOBAL HISTORY OF PIPELINES

FILMMAKER: Matteo Lonardi

PRODUCER: Stephen Stapleton

LOCATION: Standing Rock, North Dakota.

RELEASE DATE: December 2016


After the US Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, Saudi Arabian artist Ahmed Mater joins protesters at Standing Rock to celebrate their victory. This is the fifth episode in our Crossing the line series, in which a group of Middle Eastern artists embarks on a US road trip exploring common concerns.

A CULTURE WE'VE BEEN TRAINED TO FEAR: YOUNG SAUDI ARTISTS

CONFRONTING ISLAMOPHOBIA

FEATURED ARTIST: Ajlan Gharem, Shaweesh, Nugamshi, Dhafer AlShehri & Ahaad Alamoudi

FILMMAKER: João Inada

PRODUCER: Stephen Stapleton

LOCATION: Houston, TX, Aspen, CO, San Francisco, CA

RELEASE DATE: November 2016

As anti-Muslim feeling in the US is stoked by Donald Trump, a group of young Saudi Arabian artists travel from Texas to California, exhibiting their work and confronting their audience’s fears, prejudices and stereotypes. They explain what it means to be an artist in Saudi Arabia.

A PRAYER FOR MECCA: AHMED MATER

A PRAYER FOR MECCA

FEATURED ARTIST: Ahmed Mater

FILMMAKERS: Matteo Lonardi & Joao Inada

PRODUCER: Stephen Stapleton

LOCATION: Makkah, Saudi Arabia

RELEASE DATE: March 2016

As the hajj begins once again, Saudi artist Ahmed Mater has revealed unprecedented changes to the holy city – from flashy new hotels to the loss of priceless neighborhoods. In the third episode of Crossing the Line, our series connecting the US and Middle East, he takes us inside Islam’s urban heart

WE THE PEOPLE: KHALID ALBAIH

WE THE PEOPLE

FEATURED ARTIST: Khalid Al Baih

FILMMAKER: Matteo Lonardi

PRODUCER: Stephen Stapleton

LOCATION: Houston, New Orleans, Greenwood, Memphis.

RELEASE DATE: July 2016

Khalid Albaih, a Sudanese political cartoonist who lives in Qatar, takes a road trip across the US with 10 Middle Eastern artists, collectively known as Culturunners. A black Muslim, he explores race, politics, the American civil rights movement and how it compares to those fighting for human rights across the world.

KHALED'S LADDER: KHALED JARRAR

KHALED'S LADDER

FEATURED ARTIST: Khaled Jarrar

FILMMAKERS: Joao Inada & Matteo Lonardi

PRODUCER: Stephen Stapleton

LOCATION: US / Mexico Border

RELEASE DATE: March 2016

Against the backdrop of the US Presidential election, and increasingly anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from Donald Trump and the Republican Party, Palestinian artist, Khaled Jarrar, travels along the US / Mexican border from San Diego / Tijuana to El Paso / Juarez. Along the way Jarrar explores common concerns and human stories along the border . His journey culminates with the installation of an artwork made from stolen pieces of the US / Mexico border wall, in Juarez, Mexico. Although Jarrar has not given the monument a name, local people are calling it, “Khaled’s Ladder.”

LITTLE SYRIA: BRIAN ZEGEER

LITTLE SYRIA

FEATURED ARTIST: Brian Zegeer

FILMMAKER: Husam Al-Sayed

PRODUCER: Ava Ansari

SOUND: SALAR

LOCATION: Lower East Side Manhattan, New York

RELEASE DATE: 30 March 2015

Filmmaker Husam Al-Sayed follows artist Brian Zegeer through the production of the Little Syria Parade, delving into the history of this vanished Lower-Manhattan community. From the 1880's through the 1940's Little Syria was the landing point for thousands of immigrants from Levant, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine, a rich cultural center that produced dozens of newspapers for the growing diaspora community, recordings of traditional Arabic music, and a literary movement that included Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet. Most of the community was evicted in the late 1940's through an act of eminent domain for the construction of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.