Al Intithar (The Waiting), Mario Rizzi – Screening

Friday, September 20 . 19:00

Sala Audiovisual Ruben Vizcaíno, Antiguo Palacio Municipal

IMAC – Calle 2a y Av. Constitución, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C.

Al Intithar is the first film of the trilogy BAYT (HOME). Its concept is inspired by Anthony Shadid’s House of Stone, where he writes that «in the Middle East, bayt is sacred. Empires fall. Nations topple. Borders may shift. Old loyalties may dissolve or be altered. Home, whether it be structure or familiar ground, is finally the identity that does not fade.» In Al Intithar home is no longer a rooted existence or a solid place for the female protagonist but instead becomes a tent, having been forced to flee Syria to Zaatari, the refugee camp in the Jordanian desert. The film, which presents itself as an excerpt, follows her life throughout a period of seven weeks, translating the tragic macrocosm of the Syrian war to the intimate microcosm of a relentless woman and her three children.

Mario Rizzi is an Italian artist and filmmaker based in Berlin.