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A Broken House - Re-creating the Syria of His Memories, Through Miniatures

VIDEO . Documentary film

Tuesday 14 September 2021, by siawi3

Source: https://www.newyorker.com/video/watch/re-creating-the-syria-of-his-memories-through-miniatures

Re-creating the Syria of His Memories, Through Miniatures

In “A Broken House,” directed by Jimmy Goldblum, Mohamad Hafez comes to the U.S. on a single-entry visa to study architecture, and, when he realizes that he can’t return to his home country, he decides to conjure it in his art.

Released on 08/18/2021

VIDEO here 20:40

Transcript

This is where I source all my found objects,

my dried plants, my miniature furniture,

Christmas ornaments, shells, paints, snails, stones.

This knob here is a radio switch.

But what I see in it is an exploded engine.

This is my stash of miniature toys.

Sometimes the furniture I find is already broken

and the shop owner says,

Well, I can’t sell you that it’s broken.

What are you gonna do with it? [laughs]

This is from my previous marriage wedding cake.

That’s what’s left of the marriage.