A Space Exodus
A Space Exodus
A Space Exodus quirkily sets up an adapted stretch of Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey in a Middle Eastern political context. The recognisable music scores of the 1968 science fiction film are changed to arabesque chords matching the surreal visuals of Sansour's film.
The film follows the artist herself onto a phantasmagoric journey through the universe echoing Stanley Kubrick's thematic concerns for human evolution, progress and technology. However, in her film, Sansour posits the idea of a first Palestinian into space, and, referencing Armstrong's moon landing, she interprets this theoretical gesture as "a small step for a Palestinian, a giant leap for mankind".
short Sci-fi, Larissa Sansour, Palestine/DK 2008, 5 min, English
Director Larissa Sansour | Production Søren Lind | Production-Manager Thomas H. Østgaard | camera Niels A. Hansen | Editing Lars Lyngstadaas, Martin Friis | Costumes Line Frank | | Sound design Lars Halvorsen | Composer Aida Nadeem | Astronaut Larissa Sansour
Larissa Sansour – Sci-fi Trilogie
A Space Exodus (2008) is the first part of Larissa Sansour’s science fiction trilogy along with Nation Estate (2012) and In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain (2016). Under the common themes of loss, belonging, heritage and national identity, the three films each explore different aspects of the political turmoil the Middle East. While A Space Exodus envisions the final uprootedness of the Palestinian experience and takes the current political predicament to its extra-terrestrial extreme by landing the first Palestinian on the moon, more