Susan Youssef (USA)
Artist–in–residence, May–Jun 2006
Film Screening Forbidden to Wander
Thu May 25, 20.30
Film screening and presentation of the new film project Habibi Rasak Kharban, followed by a discussion with Susan Youssef.
Susan Youssef was born in Brooklyn, New York. Forbidden to Wander is her first documentary that chronicles the experiences of a young Arab American woman traveling on her own in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the summer of 2002. It has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC).
Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf is a ten–minute dramatic film about an Arab–American girl who must come to terms with her sexuality while balancing the mores of two different cultures. It has been screened at the Sundance Film Festival and several Arab film festivals worldwide. Youssef is currently artist in residence at agentur: and her films are presented in the exhibition Shared History⁄ Decolonising the Image at Arti & Amicitiae. Currently Youssef is working on Habibi Rasak Kharban a narrative feature to be shot in Gaza in fall 2006. A modern retelling of an ancient Sufi parable, it explores contemporary Islamic civilization and relations with Israel. It will be the first feature shot in Gaza in more than 10 years.