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Mondial 2010, 2014

19'30'' / Arabic with English subtitles
Written and Directed by Roy Dib
Cast: Abed Kobeissy, Ziad Chakaroun
Sound Engineer: Fadi Tabbal and Stephane Reeves (Tunefork Recording Studios)

Mondial 2010 is a film on love and place. A Lebanese gay couple decides to take a road trip to Ramallah. The film is recorded with their camera as they chronicle their journey. The viewers are invited through the couple's conversations into the universe of a fading city.

The relations between Israelis and Lebanese are governed by the 1943 Lebanese Criminal Code and the 1955 Lebanese Anti-Israeli Boycott Law, the former of which forbids any interaction with nationals of enemy states, and the latter of which specifies Israelis, making a trip for a Lebanese citizen to Israel (or Palestinian territories) impossible.

EVENT // Roy Dib, Chaghig Arzoumanian, and Mirene Arsanios
Friday, September 30th, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Kellen Auditorium, next to the gallery


Will you speak to the relationship between this love affair and visibility in this film?

Along the film we get closer to the couple and their love affair but we can't see them, and in contrast we get to see more of Ramallah without getting closer.

This is an impossible film, yet it does not immediately avow its impossibility. There is a pause, a gap, between perception and credibility. Why did you create this space, this tension?

Cinema / art are mediums that allow us to make impossible journeys possible, but what was more important for me was to me make those fictive journeys credible so to open up a space for questioning those impossibilities. As for the tension, it is a dramatic component that helps in exploring deeply the situation proposed in the film.

What role does the boundary or the border play in the visual material you use? Were you trying to picture it differently in image vs. spoken-narrative?

When I started working on this project, I asked people living in Ramallah to film places they would take me to if I was to visit them there. The material that I was collecting had the form of documentary images coming form behind a border that I cannot cross, I cannot see. By reconstructing those images in a fictive narrative story, I was trying to open a discussion between reality and fiction. Through and during the film we have the feeling that the protagonists are really visiting Ramallah, but by keeping them outside of the frame and not manipulating the original documentary images, I aimed to keep a certain impossibility inside the frame - in what we see, and open the possibilities / the questioning in what we hear.

Born in 1983, Roy Dib is an artist and filmmaker that works and lives in Beirut, Lebanon. His work focuses on the subjective constructions of space. His latest short film Mondial 2010 (2014) won several awards including the Teddy Award for the Best Short Film at the 64th Berlinale, Best Short Film at Queer Lisboa International Film Festival, and the Uppsala Grand Prix at Uppsala International Short Film Festival. His latest video installation, A Spectacle of Privacy debuted at the Exposure 2015 show at the Beirut Art Center and then featured at the Berlinale’s 2015 Forum Expanded, Queer Porto 1  (2015), Images Festival in Toronto (2016), and won an award at the Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil (2015).

Curator Natasha Marie Llorens wrote about Dib’s work in a tangentially related essay for Ibraaz entitled "Absent Beirut." It is available online here.