The Invisible Hands

Long feature documentary (in production) – a MeMSéA (Italia) co-production with Marina Gioti & Haosfilm (Greece)

Documentario (in fase di produzione) – una co-produzione ​​MeMSéA (Italia) con Marina Gioti & Haosfilm (Grecia)

The Invisible Hands the invisible hands

to see teaser please click here

Synopsis

Alan Bishop, groundbreaking American-Lebanese musician and ethnomusicologist (Sun City Girls, Sublime Frequencies, Alvarius B), decides to move to Cairo, soon after the 2011 uprisings, and teams up with young Egyptian musicians (ex members of Eskenderella) for an ambitious new project: the translation of some of his old, unreleased songs into a language he doesn’t speak: Arabic. Two years later this project evolves into a band called The Invisible Hands, a new record, and a tour. How did an album that could have surfaced in Bishop’s discography decades ago find its way into the future, translated into another language, and juxtaposed with such historic and tumultuous times at the center of the Arab world? How will this musical offering and translation experiment be received by audiences around the world and Arab countries in particular ? What exactly is this American doing in Cairo?

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Alan Bishop, innovativo musicista americano-libanese e etnomusicologo (Sun City Girls, Sublime Frequencies  Alvarius B), decide di trasferirsi a Cairo, subito dopo le rivolte del 2011, e di fare squadra  con giovani musicisti egiziani (ex membri di Eskenderella) per un ambizioso nuovo progetto: la traduzione di alcune delle sue vecchie canzoni inedite in una lingua che non parla: l’ Arabo. Due anni dopo il progetto si evolve in una band chiamata The Invisible Hands, un nuovo album, e un tour. Come ha fatto un album, che potrebbe essere emerso dalla discografia di decenni fa di Bishop, a trovare la sua strada verso il futuro, tradotto in un’altra lingua, e giustapposti con questi tempi storici e tumultuosi al centro del mondo arabo? Come sarà  recepita dal pubblico di tutto il mondo e in particolare da quello arabo questa  nuova offerta musicale e traduzione sperimentale? Che cosa esattamente questo americano sta facendo al Cairo?

‘The Invisible Hands’ has been selected at FIDLAB, the co-production platform of Marseille International Film Festival

‘The Invisible Hands’ has been selected at Docs In Progress, in the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival

Directed by Marina Gioti & Georges Salameh

A co-pruduction by MeMSèA, Haosfilm & Silence Fiction Society

Produced by Laura Sestito, Athina Tsagari & Marina Gioti

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Feast of Saint Paraskevi

Documentary (in post production)

Feast of Saint Paraskevi – Πανηγύρι της Αγίας Παρασκευής (temporary title):

saint paraskevi

St. Paraskevi Day

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Victoria

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It’s a short tale about a traditional feast on St. Paraskevi Day, the 26th of July, in a small village called Gouveri/Farangi in the northwest of Greece. Its inhabitants were deported to camps in Ioannina in the late 40′s during the Greek Civil War and afterward the village was gradually abandoned, like many other villages in Ipiro.

Most Gouverians’ children and grandchildren still come back each summer, from different corners of the world to celebrate St. Paraskevi Day. They are two or three generations removed; there is almost no one left from the original inhabitants of the village.

The movie explores how their children and grandchildren still come to honor a no man’s land in the forest without personal memories to link them to that place, except the feast itself. It documents the feast and the memories of one of the last survivors of Gouveri, Victoria, now 92 years old, who was married in the village before she emigrated to the US 60 years ago. She narrates what she remembers of her lost hometown from her couch in Astoria, Queens.

Back in summer 2002 a sudden torrential rain spoiled for a moment the feast. But a small group of people regrouped afterwards, just with the musicians, and ended up to pilgrimage towards the old cemetery where their ancestors rested in peace, and where stories of the past emerged in songs …

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E’ un racconto breve di una festa tradizionale nel giorno di Santa Paraskevi, il 26 luglio, che si svolge  in un piccolo villaggio chiamato Gouveri/Farangi nel nord-ovest della Grecia. I suoi abitanti furono deportati nei campi di Ioannina alla fine degli anni ’40, durante la guerra civile greca e poi il villaggio è stato gradualmente abbandonato, come molti altri villaggi del’Ipiro.

La maggior parte dei figli e nipoti dei Gouveriani tornano ancora ogni estate, da diverse parti del mondo per celebrare il giorno di Santa Paraskevi. Si tratta di due o tre generazioni dopo, non c’è quasi più nessuno degli abitanti originari del paese.

Il film esplora come in quel giorno, i loro figli e nipoti continuano ancora a venire per onorare una terra di nessuno nella foresta, senza ricordi personali per collegarli a quel luogo, se non la festa stessa. Il film documenta la festa e le memorie di uno degli ultimi sopravvissuti di Gouveri, Victoria, ora 92 anni, che si è sposata nel villaggio prima di emigrare negli Stati Uniti 60 anni fa. Lei racconta quello che ricorda della suo villagio perduto dalla sua poltrona in Astoria, Queens.

In Quell’estate del 2002, all’improvviso una pioggia torrenziale  guasta per un attimo la festa. Ma un piccolo gruppo di persone raggruppate dopo, solo con i musicisti, finiscono in pellegrinaggio verso il vecchio cimitero dove i loro antenati riposano in pace, e in cui le storie del passato emergono dalle canzoni …

Ti Vitti vince la “Guirlande d’Honneur 2012″ @ FICTS

Ti Vitti è stato premiato con la Guirlande d’Honneur 2012” allo “Sport Movies & Tv 2012 – 30th Milano International FICTS Fest” il 9 Dicembre 2012 – Milano – Italia (a conclusione dei Festeggiamenti per il “Trentennale” della Fondazione della FICTS – Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs)

Ti Vitti è stato anche selezionato per il “30th WORLD FICTS CHALLENGE – Beijing Worldwide Final of Championship of Cinema and Sport Television” organizzato dalla FICTS in collaborazione con il BODA, a Novembre – Pechino (Cina) nell’ambito dell’“8th Beijing International Sports Film Week”.

Ti Vitti won the Guirlande d’Honneur 2012 @ “Sport Movies & Tv 2012 – 30th Milano International FICTS Fest” held in Milan – Italy – December 2012 (at the conclusion of the Celebration for the “Thirty Years’ FICTS Foundation – Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs),

Ti Vitti was also selected for the “30th WORLD FICTS CHALLENGE – Beijing Worldwide Final of Championship of Cinema and Sport Television” organized by FICTS in collaboration with the BODA in November – Beijing (China) as part of the ‘”8th Beijing International Sports Film Week”.

GUIRLANDE D'HONNEUR

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ficts-premio

Awards – Premiati (pdf)

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for more info on “Ti Vitti” please click here

Ti Vitti @ Taormina Film Festival

Ti Vitti” in anteprima Lunedi 25 Giugnio al Taormina Film Festival

La proiezione di Ti Vitti è prevista alle ore 10 presso la SALA A del Palazzo dei Congressi di Taormina, in una proiezione speciale nell’ambito di una rassegna dedicata al nuovo cinema siciliano.

“Ti Vitti” premiered on Monday 25th of June at 10:00 am @ Taormina Film Festival

The screening of Ti Vitti is scheduled at 10 am at the Hall A of Palazzo dei Congressi in Taormina, in a special screening as part of a program dedicated to the new Sicilian cinema.

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Press/Stampa

Federazione Italiana Scherma

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Tempo Stretto

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Fencing Net

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Schermsport.NL

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a MeMSéA production ©2012

Documentary – duration 28’47”

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to see trailer please click here

to see teaser please click here

for more information click here

“20° anniversario della strage”

2012 Presidenza  della Regione Siciliana: Ideazione e produzione della Campagna di comunicazione istituzionale “20° anniversario delle strage di Capaci e Via D’Amelio”

2012  Presidenza  della Regione Siciliana: Ideation & Production of Institutional Campaign “20° anniversario delle strage di Capaci e Via D’Amelio” to commemorate 20 years from the day of the assassination of judge Giovanni Falcone & judge Paolo Borsellino.

publicata da / published on:

Giornali e Quotidiani / Newspapers & Dailies: Il Giornale – Giornale di Sicilia  – La Gazzetta del Sud – Repubblica – La Sicilia

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Periodici / Magazines: I Love Sicilia – Cult – Segno

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Ti Vitti

A production by MeMSéA

Ti Vitti

ti-vitti-affiche-h

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to see TV teaser please click here

to see trailer please click here

Watch movie (english version) click here

Watch movie (versione Italiana) click here

Documentary

duration 28’47”

Palermo March 2012

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Ti Vitti (in italiano Ti ho visto) è un gioco di carte molto diffuso in Sicilia e giocato da 2 persone.

Ti Vitti (in english I saw you) is a card game very popular in Sicily and played by 2 people.

Synopsis

Una narrazione dei campionati mondiali di scherma Catania 2011, ultimo appuntamento prima delle Olimpiadi di Londra 2012. Una introduzione alla scherma, uno degli sport più prestigiosi, attraverso lo sguardo della Sicilia, della sua identità, cultura ed ospitalità.

Une narration des championnats du monde d’escrime Catania 2011, le dernier rendez-vous avant les Jeux olympiques de Londres en 2012. Une introduction à l’escrime, un des sports les plus prestigieux, à travers le regard de la Sicile, de son identité, sa culture et son hospitalité.

A narration of the world fencing championship Catania 2011, the last rendez-vous before the Olympic Games “London 2012”. An introduction to fencing, one of the most prestigious sports, through the gaze of Sicily, its identity, its culture & its hospitality.

Narration & Voice Over

Aza BesBes – Augusto Bizzi – Giovanna Ferro – Guglielmo Ferro – Rossella Fiamingo – Nisima Maureen – Aldo Montano  – Gianandrea Nicolai – Paolo Pizzo – Travis Stevens – Matteo Tagliariol – Valentina Vezzali – Vassiliki Vougiouka – Mariel Zagunis

Producer: Laura Sestito

Director: Georges Salameh

Cinematography: Fabio Sanfilippo 

Animation Drawings: Andrea Kantos

Sound: Luca Bertolin

Music: Giacomo Cuticchio – Massimiliano Pace – The Killers

Production – Distribution: MeMSéA

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Teaser was broadcasted on all TV stations of the Regione Siciliana.

you can find the teaser also, on the official site: TG WEB Regione Siciliana: Edizione del 20 Ottobre 2011

Previous screenings

Taormina Film Festival (Avant Première – Special Event) – Sicily – Italy (June 2012)

San Giò Video Festival (Competition) – Verona – Italy (July 2012)

FICTS (Competition) – Milano – Italy (December 2012) Awarded Guirlande d’Honneur 2012for Best Documentary

MAPPING MEMORIES @WIP12

“MAPPING MEMORIES”, a review on a new generation of Lebanese photographers, in web creative photography magazine “WIP”.

“MAPPING MEMORIES”, una recensione su una nuova generazione di fotografi libanese, nella rivista web di fotografia creativa “WIP”.

download pdf here: Wip12

Photographers (in Alphabetical order): George AwdeManal Abu Shaheen, Nadim Bou Habib, Rayya Haddad, Rasha Kahil, Dima Karam, Dalia Khmaisy, Amahl Khouri, Roy Samaha, Rima Maroun, Randa Mirza, Tanya Traboulsi

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MAPPING MEMORIES

My initiative to map lebanese photography comes as a gesture to approach the country I was born: Lebanon. Selecting these works was like writing a fugue, as a rapporteur of inner landscapes.

A memory map involves tracing individual creativity but it is also an essentially collaborative enterprise; photographing and thinking along these lines engages with common issues of great urgency: identity and belonging, oblivion and elopement. They are all inter-connected through memory and through the stories we use as compass bearings… it involves listening to other people’s ghosts as well as your own.

Dèrive – the French for drift – characterizes more my approach than terms like quest or research. Nevertheless memory maps demand investigation and endless curiosity and furthermore an impulse towards wonder. A dèriveur tries to arrive at “astonishment upon the terrain of familiarity” and becomes more sensitive to the hidden histories and encrypted events.

Memory mapping grows out of these wanderings, reveries, and the unbidden images that come up into my mind. It always begins with Lebanon. With images of its landscape as well as its people but it also goes beyond the imagery and borders of a country, as a new generation of photographers emerges to restore a sincere and fresh look on its present.

Georges Salameh

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photo by George Awde

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Georges Salameh, curator @ Vento del Nord Film Festival 2011

Georges Salameh, curator of 2 documnetary programs @ Vento del Nord Film Festival 2011 – Lampedusa – Italy (29th July – 4th August)

In Rassegna

Italia sotto le stelle
a cura di Laura Delli Colli

Omaggio a Domenico Modugno
a cura di Giancarlo Governi

Il Vento dell’ambiente e del territorio
a cura di Georges Salameh

Il Vento della storia siciliana
a cura di Georges Salameh

Il Vento del nord soffia dalla Russia
a cura di Giovanni Spagnoletti 

you can see the festival’s program here 

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Press/Interviews

Radioesse

Rassegna Cinema 


Georges Salameh, Jury member @ Videoex Festival 2011

Georges SalamehJury member @ Videoex Festival – Zurich (21-29 May 2011)

Results

1st Prize (ex-aequo)

VIDEOCARTOGRAPHIES : AIDA, PALESTINE (TILL ROESKENS) – France

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DISORIENT (LAURENT VAN LANCKER / FLORENCE AIGNER) – Belgium

We have decided to award the first prize ex-aequo to two brave films which each in their own way experiment with storytelling and with the absence of images. Both films equally share a sense of internal rhythm and pacing, as well as a strong correspondence between the chosen formal strategies and the subject matter that is being dealt with.
Although both films address important themes – migration the one, the palestinian question the other, and the notion of “home” both – personal stories always come first, taking us on a pilgrimage from the individual to the collective. Both works raise questions without imposing answers, bringing an awareness of the psychology of enclosure, which reaches far beyond the enclosure which is directly depicted, and in the case of Till Roeskens’s work, beyond the Palestinian/Israeli situation.

Special Mention

BECAUSE WE ARE VISUAL (OLIVIA ROCHETTE & GERARD-JAN CLAES) – Belgium (Trailer)

From an ocean of images, Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes offer us tiny drops, encounters with vloggers throughout the world who in their desperation and faith move us and manage to reach beyond their computer screens, and even beyond the cinematic screen. A work on the edge, without ever falling on the trap of voyeurism, the fragile beauty of BECAUSE WE ARE VISUAL is at the same time the result of a strong element of chance and of a highly complex editing, which open up spaces for magic and in a dreamlike way recall the addictive experience we can have of the internet. To end, we would like to celebrate with this special mention the youth of the two filmmakers and the ambition of their proposal.

il ritorno della dea

A production by MeMSéA

il ritorno della dea

After more than 3 decades, the statue of the Ancient Greek Goddess ‘Morgantina’, stolen in the 70’s and then sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum – Malibu, returns to its homeland Sicily…

Dopo piu di 3 decenni, la statua della dea di Morgantina, rubata negli anni 70′, e dopo tempo venduta al J. Paul Getty Museum di Malibu, ritorna nella sua patria, la Sicilia.

to see moving image click here

Institutional Documentary

Producer: Laura Sestito

Director: Georges Salameh

DOP: Fabio Sanfilippo

duration 5’28’

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Official Media Campaign

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you can find the ADV also, on the official site hereor on the Museum’s official site here

Regione Siciliana

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photo by Georges Salameh (6×7 Negative 135mm)

Previous screenings

Vinitaly Sicily’s Pavillon – Verona – Italy (April 2011)

Press Conference “la dea di Morgantina” – Regione Siciliana – Palermo – Sicily (April 2011)

Opening Ceremony Museo Aidone – Aidone – Sicily (May 2011)

Opening night Vento del Nord Film Festival – Lampedusa – Italy (July 2011)

Music Festival O’ Scia’ – Lampedusa – Sicily (August 2011)

Expobit – Salone Euromediterraneo dell’ Innovazione Tecnologica – Catania – Sicily (November 2011)