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    Fajr

    Directed by

    Spain, Morocco

    2016

    12 min

    • Arabic

    Experimental

    "Immobility irradiates" Gaston Bachelard
    In the Moroccan desert night dilutes forms and silence slides through sand. Dawn starts then to draw silhouettes of dunes while motionless figures punctuate landscape. From night´s abstraction, light returns its dimension to space and their volume to bodies. Stillness concentrates gaze and duration densify it. The adhan -muslim call to pray- sounds and immobility, that was condensing, begins to irradiate. And now the bodies are those which dissolves into the desert.

    Awards

    • Special Mention (Experimental Competition) - Curtas Vila do Conde

    Festivals

    Credits

    Music
    Adhan
    voice Al Afasi

    Director's Statement

    FAJR has a double meaning in Arabic: it means dawn, and also the 'adhan' -song call to pray- that sounds just before dawn from mosques. These songs burst 5 times a day in Muslim populations. Words fly over kasbahs, palm groves, dunes ... As a reminder of that, beyond everyday´s life, a spiritual one coexists. When the voice of the song comes, everyday´s life rhythm takes another density. We enter into a different way of experiencing time: definitely more introspective, an inner time, and therefore more open and deep. The song thus represents an interruption, a stopover, and once completed, the normal rhythm is again restored.
    The desert, mythical spiritual retreat space, with its empty shapes and suspended time has invited multitude of hermits and prophets to loneliness. "You should go to the desert 40 days and slimming" said Nietzsche. Desert transforms, in reaction to its spaciousness, from the condensation in oneself. The open space around you, without a particular visual stimuli to hold on - Borges spoke about the horizontal vertigo he felt in the desert - takes you to immerse into yourself. A meditative concentration that can lead a hermit, ultimately, to a state of spiritual ecstasy, a depersonalization: go out of oneself and diluted in the Whole.

    Production
    LOIS PATINO
    Lois  Patiño

    Lois Patiño

    Spain

    The landscape is a mystery, something that goes beyond you that you cannot understand.

    Lois Patio (b. Spain 1983)
    He studied cinema at the Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and at NYFA in New York, and videoart at the UdK in Berlin.
    His works have been shown in international art centers and cinema festivals. With his work MOUNTAIN IN SHADOW -2012- won awards at Oberhausen IFF, Clermont-Ferrand or Bucharest Experimental IFF With his first feature film COSTA DA MORTE -2013- received at the Locarno IFF the award for the best emerging director . This work also get prizes in festivals such as Jeonju IFF, FICUNAM, Festival dei Popoli, Valdivia IFF, Seville European FF. His short film NIGHT WITHOUT DISTANCE -2015-was screened at Toronto IFF, and won, among other awards in the San Francisco IFF. His latest work FAJR -2016- premiered at Rotterdam IFF and had an award at Curtas Vila do Conde.
    Specific focuses on his work have been developed in places as the New York Film Festival (Views form the Avant Garde), Flaherty Seminar (Colgate University), BAFICI (Argentina) or Festival of Cali (Colombia). And has been invited to show his work at universities such as Harvard (Sensory Ethnography Lab), Cal Arts (L.A.), California College of the Arts or FUC Buenos Aires.

    Selected Filmography