Twenty Eight nights and A Poem

Akram Zaatari

2015, 105:00 minutes, colour, Arabic with English subtitles


When a filmmaker travels to an old photographic studio in Saida, Lebanon, he recounts the story of a photographer and how the man's work connected to the culture and city.

"Twenty-Eight Nights and a Poem (Thamaniat wa ushrun laylan wa bayt min al-sheir), the new feature-length film by artist, curator and filmmaker Akram Zaatari mingles elements of biography and cultural history, autobiography and taxonomy to form a work that is at once acutely critical and affectionately nostalgic."
–Jim Quilty, The Daily Star Lebanon (February 13th, 2015)

"The story of the studio and its role in the community [is] intertwined with close-ups of technological devices—ranging from 8mm film and radios to laptops and smartphones—that bring music, cinema, and home movies into the picture. Simultaneously, they are presented as tools through which individuals both receive culture and broadcast images of their own making."
–Museum of Modern Art, New York, Films from Here: Recent Views from the Arab World

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