GAADA {togetherness}
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    GAADA {togetherness}

    Directed by

    USA

    2021

    30 min

    • English
    • Arabic

    Documentary, Essay

    Gaada translates as “togetherness” in Arabic. It is precisely this togetherness that guides and designs a road trip across Algeria. Upon arrival to Algiers the filmmaker meets Dalel Ziour, an Algerian artist and fellow traveler - together they set on a search to collect stories about contentment. Their research focuses specifically on middle aged men and leads them from Algiers to the desert, and the towns of Ghardaia, Timimoun and Taghit. The collected stories coalesce into one of ten segments of a feature film called Aleph. Gaada is a film detailing that process - it describes the road trip, the research, the casting, and decision making behind the making of Aleph. It celebrates togetherness as a way of being and making.

    Credits

    Cast
    Dalel Ziour
    Screenplay
    Iva Radivojević
    Cinematography
    Iva Radivojević
    Editing
    Iva Radivojević
    Music
    Alla
    Production
    IVAASKS FILMS
    Iva Radivojević

    Iva Radivojević

    USA

    What interests me at the moment is a kind of ghost-like, spectral temporality, with the rhythm and pace of dreams. A mythical management of time. I’m interested in an image that looks back and asks : What is real? To which the viewer can reply : I am here and I am dreaming.

    Iva Radivojević was born in Belgrade and spent her early years in Yugoslavia and Cyprus. She is an artist and filmmaker who currently divides her time between subarctic Alaska, Brooklyn and Lesbos. Her work presents itself as a collection of fragments (observations, contemplations, poetry, images, sounds, melodies, languages) which collage together to connect into a ruminating whole. The work circles around displacement and belonging, seeking to connect to the metaphysical or the magical. Iva's films have screened at New York FF, New Directors/New Films, IFF Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, SXSW, DocLisboa, Museum of Modern Art (NYC) and others. She is the recipient of the Sundance Art of Non-Fiction Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Princess Grace Special Project Award and Film Fellowship, and Jerome Foundation Fellowship. Her latest film ALEPH (2021) was selected at Sarajevo FF.

    Selected Filmography