Tag Archives: refugees
1996 | 16mm film and video (PAL) | black and white | stereo | 2min 40sec

passportsMade as a contribution to FilmArt Takes Position: Alien/Nation.

While Casablanca has much to do with male power and friendships, propaganda morality and adventure, Dar-el-Beida concerns the harried feelings of being a refugee/outsider, the experiences of those in the background of the Hollywood film. They exist in an atmosphere of threat, always on the move but never getting anywhere; their identity is violated and their nationality arbitrarily changed. In short they are the powerless, dependent on chance, corruption or sexual favours to save them. In Dar-el-Beida (the Latinised Arab name for Casablanca), Bogie asks, “do you want my advice?” His cynical answer (in Casablanca)  is the unspoken reality of Dar-el-Beida. Read More…