ASHKAL ALWAN HOMEWORKS FORUM 7
In 2010, I visited the area of Karantina with cinematographer Paul Seif. He brought his uncles vintage 16mm camera. The idea was to film different parts of the area in one day and keep the film unedited. After making Sector Zero, I revisited the original 16mm footage we had filmed before making the film and decided to create a sound track for the footage. The result is a more abstract interpretation of the same themes explored in Sector Zero - memory, violence, and migration.
1st Prize, Muhr Documentary, Dubai International Film Festival, 2012
Berlin Art Prize for Film and Media Art, 2013
Sheffield DocFest, 2012
Vision Du Reel, 2013
Sector Zero was my first feature documentary. The film explores the history of Karantina, an area on the outskirts of Beirut, and uses this history as a metaphor for Lebanon's own troubled past. The film suggests that much of who we are is based largely on that part of ourselves we have chosen to forget.