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Mark For Redaction Film (deseos)

October 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC-5


Mark For Redaction Films
This Series is a part of the Major Exhibition Mark for Redaction, envisioned by Razan Al-Salah and curated by Hilal Khalil

October 28, 5pm
Screening of deseos / رغبة
Followed by discussion with co-writer Maya Mikdashi 
Following a performance by NAXÖ 
at 6:30pm
2015, 30 minutes

Film by Carlos Motta
followed by a discussionwith Maya Mikdashi
The film Deseos / رغبات (Desires) exposes the ways in which medicine, law, religion, and cultural tradition shaped dominant discourses of the gendered and sexual body through the narration of two parallel stories. The first is that of Martina, who lived in Colombia during the late colonial period of the early 19th century. The second is the fictionalized life of Nour, who lived in Beirut during the late Ottoman Empire. Part documentary and part fiction, the film presents an imaginary correspondence between these women. Separated by geography, culture, and religion they both faced the consequences of defying sex and gender norms

The colonial court prosecuted Martina in 1803 for being a “hermaphrodite” after being accused by her female lover of having an “unnatural” body. Martina was tried in a court of law and ultimately set free after medical doctors appointed by the court were unable to find evidence of her lover’s accusation. This story is documented in the 1803 legal case found in the Archivo General de la Nación in Bogotá, Colombia.

Meanwhile, in Beirut, Nour was married to her lover’s brother after Nour’s mother found them making love. Despite the fact that Nour’s story does not occur in a courtroom nor is it found in a legal case, notions of Islamic and late Ottoman laws, cultures, and histories condition her narrative.

Maya Mikdashi 

Maya received her Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Department of Anthropology. Her dissertation, entitled “Sex, Secularism, and Sectarianism: Practicing Citizenship in Contemporary Lebanon,” is an ethnography of the Lebanese legal system and of the entanglements between gender, sex, and sectarianism. She is also Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and Co-Director of the documentary film About Baghdad. She works at the intersection of legal anthropology, feminism, queer theory, and theories of secularism and religion.




October 28, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC-5


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