Erased,___Ascent of the Invisible - Tirss, Rihlat Alsoo’oud ila Almar’i
North American Premiere
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Lebanese artist Ghassan Halwani’s debut feature is an evocative, procedural investigation of the thousands of people who were disappeared in Beirut throughout the Lebanese Civil War. Nimbly deploying a range of media—including performance art, photoshopped photography, and hand-drawn animation—Halwani crossbreeds narrative and nonfiction devices to arrive at something deeply personal yet morally pertinent. Erased,___Ascent of the Invisible methodically raises powerful, uncompromising questions about the right to live (or to be “officially” killed), and the means by which a nation’s collective memory shaves away one’s sense of past and present.