My Highlights from Moving Image London
The video is composed of footage from several British documentaries that tell the story of the United Arab Emirates before their confederation, when they were known by the name of "Trucial States", in addition to personal footage from the artist's personal video archive. Throughout an assembly of associations forming a dreamlike path, Alaa Edris retraces the memory of a past that is not easy to interpret, deriving its base from a personal myth. The protagonists of the story are seven women, like the seven Emirates: Jinnat, meaning female demons, which were popular in the stories of the elderly in the area of the Gulf. The video unveils links to a matriarchal theory that is not interested in logic as much as power, adopting a style that is relevant to horror and expressionist cinema.
Image rights: Maraya Video Archive
Emirati, based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates