Shadow of Paradise
Shadow of Paradise is comprised of photographs and hand-painted 35mm film depicting my family who are alive, dead, or missing in Iraq. As an Iraqi immigrant displaced, and living in the United States, this film is dear to my heart as I come to terms with the country I grew up in being slowly eroded and redacted from history. Shadow of Paradise is a memento mori that captures the obscured image of my fading memories of loved ones, who are left with an uncertain and unstable future in Iraq. Now, thirty years after Operation Desert Storm, this film is at once a snapshot of past, present and future destruction.
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Tigris is set in a desolate, ruined landscape of a future Iraq and is animated from the perspective of an abandoned girl who confronts invading autonomous machines as she floats down the Tigris River.
BIG MONEY is a grotesquely nostalgic, soft-focused portrait of Sin City (Las Vegas, Nevada). The disposable camera's cracked plastic lens algorithmically crawls along the infected, rotting track marks of a long-abandoned ghost buffet doomed to forever cannibalize itself, force-feeding upon its own expired empty promises of bottomless excess that gravitationally collapse in vanity toward an unreachable mirage of a non-existent oasis. Constructed from convolutional shrapnel shards and fractured fun-house mirror event-horizons of parasitic desires - the gapingly porous, radioactive surfaces self-indulgently traversed throughout BIG MONEY serve to sadistically reflect kaleidoscopic nightmares of discarded, sacharrin-sweet memories & amnesiac fever-visions ineffably transcribed, yet only partially-decrypted by double-plus-sized contortionists tightly bound with rigidly hard-coded constraints. Claustrophobically trapped within infinite error-states of perpetual decay, counterfeit currencies are flash-freezer-burned, then origami-folded into genetically-altered zombie processes run amok along labyrinthine lattice networks of despair. Long division by zero, return void.
Um Abdullah is an animated documentary about an Iraqi refugee family living in Jordan. The film consists of personal interviews with a 28 year-old single mother, Um Abdullah and her five children dealing with the collateral effects of the ongoing conflicts in Iraq. Composed of live-action and animation, this film shows the intense internal states of mind that Iraqi refugees must now endure. Through the media, American audiences are fed images coming from the war front in Iraq, yet none paint a picture of what ordinary life is for an Iraqi. The film is a portrait of Um Abdullah through her children's drawings, hopes, and imaginations.
Uncle Ma'an is an experimental animated documentary about family living in the war-ravaged situation soon after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Composed of graphic collages, the film is based on my memories of my uncle when I visited Iraq as a child. This film is a glimpse of Uncle Ma'an's daily life activities being surrounded by the tensions of war.
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