Wednesday 5 June 2019. 11:30AM-12:30PM, Room 339.
Boya Boya (Shine Shine) 18m 21s
Karen Boswall, University of Sussex
Mohammed is 12 years old. He shines shoes to support the family, singing the songs of the Syrian revolution as he does so. Through song and laughter, Mohammed touches the hearts of his clients, but for how long will he be able to keep finding and creating these moments of joy while carrying the burden of such responsibility and sadness? 'Boya Boya' (Shine, Shine) is dedicated to all children who have lost their childhood to war and become adults before their time. A video portrait filmed in September 2014 in Irbid, Jordan.
REHAVI (Timekeepers) is about the meaningfulness and value of Turkish Sufi music that is constantly lost, found, and reassembled. The film dramatizes the displacement of sense experienced by listeners and caretakers of Ottoman Muslim aesthetic traditions in contemporary Istanbul.
REHAVI (Timekeepers) tells the story of an old migrant watch. A religious elder finds the watch and takes it home with the idea of repairing it and passing it to someone else. Then, the watchmaker finds a city inside the watch in which Turkish time-set specialists tell stories about philosophies of time, tuning, sound and rhythmicity. After being repaired, the watch is returned to its original place, but no one takes it.