First Hermanubis: Initiation – 2024

Friday, April 12, 1:00 PM

First Hermanubis: Initiation
Director: Michael Alexander Morris, Experimental, USA, 40 min
First Hermanubis is the first installment of a planned longer series of films using the figure of Hermanubis, a Hellenistic-Egyptian deity combining Hermes and Anubis, as a starting point for thinking about hybridized identities, magic and the occult. This first episode focuses on the story of my family, Greeks who came to the USA from Turkey in the early 20th Century, my relationship to growing up in the Greek Orthodox Church, self-initiation into magic, and relocation to Cairo, Egypt.

Screens with:

Surfacing Images
Director: Tara Najd Ahmadi, Experimental, Iran, Serbia, USA , 5 min
A short experimental documentary about film preservation and the destiny of images that are left on their own. From the works of Dušan Makavejev and Bojana Marijan to the videos of the women’s uprising, this film portrays the irresistible urge of images to resurface and be seen.

Three Sisters
Director: Iman Behrouzi, Documentary, Iran, 12 min
A meditative symphony on the city and death. The filmmaker returns to places where he, 18 years earlier, had made a film about suicide. Now, in the crowded streets of Tehran and in the city’s rundown corners with flanked walls, he searches for the reasons that had led three sisters to end their lives together.

All My Scars Vanish in the Wind
Directors: Angélica Restrepo, Carlos Velandia, Experimental, Colombia, 14 min
Among intrusive and sought-after memories, a woman hears a disconcerting call from the depths of her being. A cryptic cry for help that becomes intelligible guides her to the original wound, to her inner child, becoming her own protector.

She Sings
Directors: Lily Ekimian Ragheb, Ahmed T Ragheb, Experimental, Egypt, USA, 15. Min
Aziza finally shares a recurring dream that takes her on a surreal journey through the post-industrial hills of the American Rust Belt, the eternal fields of Egypt, and the most repressed parts of her mind.