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30th FID Marseille | 2019
"It is part of a longer-term research that I have been conducting on historical feminist resistance movements but also current ones and their relation to land and ecological struggles."
 

WHO IS AFRAID OF IDEOLOGY  | Dir. Marwa Arsanios | Comepétition INTERNATONALE

Première Mondiale / World Premiere 

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As an introduction, standing on a stony path, director Marwa Arsanios faces the camera and wonders: “What does it mean to belong to a place? What does it mean to “be here”? What does the word “nature” encompass? What does it imply when we say “we”? These political questions arise from experiments conducted by women in three war-torn places.

Hello Marwa many thanks for talking to TNC, how are you doing?

Very well thank you.

Are you looking forward to be bringing Who is afraid of ideology? to FID 2019?

Yes very excited.

This will be your World Premiere does this add any extra pressure on you?

Yes, a little. 

What was your first film festival like?

It was at the Berlinale in 2009 a great experience where I got to see some amazing works and a festival that I visit every year.

Do you still get nerves ahead of your screening?

It depends on the context, because I work mostly in an art context rather than film, and I feel more comfortable there. Film festivals are more stressful for me

Can you tell me a little bit about Who is afraid of ideology? what can we expect?

It is part of a longer-term research that I have been conducting on historical feminist resistance movements but also current ones and their relation to land and ecological struggles. Also part of my work on ecological feminism. 

What was the inspiration behind this film?

Women from the autonomous women’s movement.

In asking some salient questions do you think within your film you have been able to find some answers?

I think I learned a lot and had access to knowledge through the women that are depicted in the film.

"...so I had to do this more documentary film in order to break with a certain process​..."

What do you think it means to belong to a place?

The question of care is very important here. In a feminist since the reproductive work of care towards a place.

What was the most challenging part of bringing this film to life?

I mean what is not challenging in the process of making a film! Many things. At the end of the day it’s a small budget production and as I said I work in an art context mostly so it was through different co-productions and commissions that things slowly and at different stages started shaping up. I had to do it in phases. 

How different is this film to your previous works?

I think it is more “documentary” in a straight forward way. It does not follow a pre-written script and the “staged” performative aspects is not as present as other films I have done.

With each film do you try to push yourself or set new goals/aims?

Yes I try, but it’s never straight forward, for example the next film will be scripted again but in a very different way than my previous work, so I had to do this more documentary film in order to break with a certain process and then come back to it differently in the next film hopefully.

Has your approach to your film changed much since your debut film?

Yes it did grow, I started with hand-drawn animation 12 or 13 years ago and then moved to mixed media and at some point arrived to a more research/documentary approach. But some main questions are still recurrent. 

Have you always had a passion for filmmaking?

I see myself more as an artist who uses the film apparatus for research and as an aesthetic intervention in a public debate and politics. 

Looking back is there anything you would like to do differently or change?

Perhaps this is something I will notice after the screening.

How important is the collaborative nature in filmmaking for you?

It is at its core and I work best in a good collaborative constellation. In work, there is always a collaboration of some form. 

Do you have any advice for any emerging filmmaker?

I guess try out things as much as possible.

And finally, what do you hope people will take away from this film?

I hope it will contribute to the debate on land, ecology and feminism in some ways.