{Un}Told Stories

From the Arab World

A series of film events ... screenings followed by Q&A


15th February – 7th March 2018


Curated by Fortunata CALABRO and Toufik DOUIB


{Un}told Stories is a series of projections and discussions on current issues from the North Africa and the Middle East, some of which have received little attention, either unrecognized or censored within the global media landscape.

While the artists and video-makers come from different background and parts of the world, either local, Diaspora or Western, their short documentaries, fictions and video installations all connect to the human condition in today’s complex geopolitical societies in Arab countries, where often there is no room for expression on issues that affect rights of its people, and the answer is often a passive complicity within mass observers. 

More than ever, the storytelling sets every character as a passenger within crucial time and space. Whether from a warzone, a no man’s land or an abandoned building, each film will shed light on places and zones that witnessed or engendered a life-changing moment for the narrators and, ultimately, their protagonists too. These stories need to be told, at last.


Fortunata Calabro is an independent researcher and art curator. She has conducted research at The Wallace Collection in London and at the Queens Museum in NY. She was Associate Curator of La Bienal del Fin del Mundo (Argentina and Chile) and Exhibition Manager at La Bienal de Las Fronteras (Mexico). 

Calabro earned a MA in Art History from Birkbeck College (London) and was a columnist for The International Museum of Women (San Francisco). She has organised several exhibitions, both in public and private spaces. All her curatorial projects deal with social and political issues. To Fortunata, the art of curating is the connection of cultures, is to make links and to allow different elements to merge. Fortunata frequently participates at various conferences and has published several papers in online and printed publications. 

In addition, she is editorial board member for Artheorica Magazine (Mexico & US) and is the project manager for international art fairs such as Pinta (The Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art Show) (London / New York), Art Marbella (Spain), and CROSSROADS (London).


Toufik Douib is an independent event director and curator working on global and intercultural understanding to the question of Algerian and Maghreb identity within artistic scope.

Toufik studied at the Junior Conservatory of art in Algiers and a Masters in cultural event management in London. His first curatorial project in the UK was held in 2012 at the Richmix, an all-day independent festival dedicated to celebrate 50th anniversary of Algeria’s independence, where he notably produced theatrical representation ‘The London Algerian Ballet’ until 2014. 

Since then, his perspectives developed to connecting North African and Middle-Eastern arts: During the past years, Douib worked on various collaborations with the objective to illustrate the rich and complex culture within the Arab Region.

These projects include visual art collective show ‘Algerianism’ (2015) and virtual exhibition ‘Home-Lend’ (2016). His other contributions are as author for the Wall Street International and the coordination of ‘DIGI-MENA’, an online mapping research platform (2017-2018).

This is Toufik’s third collaboration with the P21 Gallery, following the critically acclaimed ‘Pop Art from North Africa’ and more recently ‘Dhikr Pictural’ exhibition.



Program of Events:



Outside of Place, Outside of Time

Thursday, 15th February 2018 | 18:00 - 20:00


Altered Landscapes: Juan Delgado (Spain) 13.05 min

The landscape bears witness to the traumas and displacements of the people that move through it. Altered Landscapes is an immersive multimedia installation which traces a personal narrative through the scarred vistas of Europe in the midst of the largest mass migration in living memory.


The Horizon is Far Away:  Kimbal Bumstead (Netherlands–Tunisia) 24:42 min

Abstract documentary following a group of rejected asylum-seekers who live in the remains of an officially ‘closed’ refugee camp, on the Tunisia/Libyan border. This is a film about being stateless and in-between, about how fantasy and dreams keep you alive.


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Urbi & Orbi

Saturday, 17th February 2018 | 14:00 - 16:00


Purgatory: Bashar Alhroub (Palestine) 6.8 min

This installation video explores states of suspended animation – the liminal states of waiting, familiar to Palestinians at checkpoints or refugees waiting to return. But this is also a common existential experience: This suspended state is one in which ones place in the world. 


 Temple of Sugar: Bashar Alhroub (Palestine) 5.25 min.

Temples, associations, organizations, political parties and regimes ... etc. drop sugar beads for us to pick them up and continue doing so. Soon afterwards we find ourselves overwhelmed and have become victims of their ideas and theories. This is what a white faced institution is all about creating a desire in us to belong to it, but soon we find ourselves a tool and fuel for the continuation of its authority.


The Sleeper: Ferial Bendjama (Algeria–Germany) 15 min.

“Warda has a growing problem that increasingly alienates her from her environment. In her fight against this it, she acts radically and finds some extreme solutions, in order to come to terms with herself.”


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Building Memories from Void

Tuesday, 20th February 2018 | 18:00 - 20:00


How beautiful is the sea: Sabine El Chamaa  (Lebanon) 10 min..

Following an apocalyptic explosion, a woman meets a man who, much like her, wears a protective uniform. Incapable of sensing nature, or one another, they ponder the possibility of shedding their uniforms.


Promenade: Sabine El Chamaa (Lebanon) 10 min.

An elderly woman returns to her destroyed home to reconstruct a wall of memories.


The Hakawati Time Capsule: Gaelle Moutran (Lebanon) 14min

Exploring how the disappearance of abandoned spaces in Lebanon affects one’s heritage by bringing these spaces to life and unpacking memories through a multi-sensory projection.


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The Chronotopes of Palestine

Friday, 23rd February 2018 | 18:00- 20:00


The Chronotopes of Palestine: Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek (Poland-Palestine) 39.50 min.

A collection of five ethnographic shorts which explore different modes of remembering and connecting to Palestine, among three generations of exiled Polish and British Palestinians, in the context of the ongoing dispossession from their land


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Sexual Identity, Family, Society

Tuesday, 27th February 2018 | 18:00 20:00


Facing the Sea: Sabri Bouzid (Tunisia) 21 min

A modern tale about a young Tunisian artist struggles to hide his ‘true-self’ from his overbearing old sister and the rest of society.  


Diaspora/Situations: Tarek Lakhrissi (Morocco-France) 19 min.

Shot between Montreal, Paris, Brussels, Nantes and London, Diaspora/situations depicts queer diasporic life, based on interviews with artists and activists as they reflect on their relationships to their affects and bodies. Untold stories will be screening one extract from the documentary. 


Nsibi / Brother-in-Law: Hassene BELAÏD (Algeria) 22 min.

In present-day Setif, Algeria, Ali, a young man from the lower class leads a dull, narrow and isolated life. One evening, he is forced to give his sister-in-law a ride home, yet Habiba’s ways are in total contradiction with his own values.


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Friday, 2nd March 2018 | 18:00 - 20:00


Womanhood: Various (Egypt-France) 50 min.

An Egyptian kaleidoscope centred on the particular, on singular points of view, on personal narratives. The result is seven hours of testimonies divided into 80 video clips where the all female participants think their lexicon through the prism of gender.


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That Eldorado

Wednesday, 7th March 2018 | 18:00 - 20:00


Crack of the Soul: Areen Al Asmi (Syria) 16 min.

Once you stand by yourself and nothing else, you realize yourself and everything else. A plague or a war, all are natural disasters. The loss is the same since ever... 

Only the soul can tell a story different from all others.


Babor Casanova: Karim Sayad (Algeria–Switzerland) 35 min.

Between singing in the stands at soccer matches and parking cars on the streets of Algiers, two friends Adlan and Terrorist dream of a way out of a country that they consider has nothing to offer them.


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Supported by: Out of the Circle, Digi Mena and HKE Production