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Dharamshala international film festival 3 - 6 nov 2016

THE INCIDENTAL INSURGENTS, PART 1:THE PART ABOUT THE BANDITS, CHAPTER 2

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  • October 6, 2016

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THE INCIDENTAL INSURGENTS, PART 1:THE PART ABOUT THE BANDITS, CHAPTER 2
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Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
THE INCIDENTAL INSURGENTS, PART 1:THE PART ABOUT THE BANDITS, CHAPTER 2
2012 | Video, Sound | 6 min 10 sec | English, Arabic subtitles
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection


The Part about The Bandits begins with four seemingly disparate coordinates, the early anarchist life of Victor Serge and his contemporary anarchist-bandits in 1910’s Paris; Abu Jildeh and Arameet and their bandit gang involved in a rebellion against the British in 1930’s Palestine, the artist as the quintessential bandit in Roberto Bolaño’s novel The Savage Detectives set in 70’s Mexico, and the artists themselves in present day Palestine. Weaving the first part of the story by looking at the resonance between the inspiring, bizarre, and sometimes tragic stories of these diverse bandits, the outsider rebel par excellence, often rewritten as mere criminals (or naively romanticized as wayward figures) and excluded from the narrative of revolutionary struggle. Ironically these figures most clearly articulate the incompleteness and inadequacies in existing oppositional movements’ political language and imaginary. Often desperately searching for a language able to give form to their impulse for more radical forms of action.

DATE: NOVEMBER 4-6, 2016
TIME: All DAY
Photo: Courtesy the artists and Carroll / Fletcher, London