Previously at the ICA - Films
18 Sep 2016
We are offering a special multibuy deal for the Safar Film Festival: book tickets for three or more individual films and get them for £9 each
A Q&A with curator Rasha Salti and director Sélim Mourad follows the screening.
At the heart of this bold and compelling hybrid film are questions about the significance of lineage and what is bequeathed. The film begins with Sélim Mourad staging a portrait of his own nuclear family, in which he claims a place on his own terms while facing up to the fact that he will not father a family because he is same-sex loving. After his sister’s passing, Mourad became his parents’ only child, but he is burdened with the knowledge that he is the last male to carry the family name. Meanwhile, the old building where his family lives and was bequeathed by his grandfather, is falling apart, but neither his father, nor aunt, can afford the cost of repairs.
This Little Father Obsession (Imbarator el-Nemsa), dir. Sélim Mourad, Lebanon 2016, 104 mins. Arabic and French with English subtitles.