A Space Exodus
In A Space Exodus, Larissa Sansour quirkily sets up an adapted
stretch of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in a Middle Eastern
The film follows the artist herself on a phantasmagoric journey
through the universe echoing Kubrick's thematic concerns for human
evolution, progress and technology. However, in her film, Sansour posits
the idea of a first Palestinian in space, and, referencing Armstrong's
moon landing, she interprets this theoretical gesture as "a small step
for a Palestinian, a giant leap for mankind".
This five-minute short is packed with highly produced visual imagery.
The arabesque elements ranging from the space suit to the music are
merged within a dreamy galactic setting and elaborate special effects. A
great deal of attention is paid to every detail of the film to create a
never before seen case of thrillingly magical Palestinian displacement.