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Ten Years After the Arab Spring – Oslo World
November 6, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
About the film
“Odorless Blue Flowers Awake Prematurely” is the dystopia-as-documentary rather than as fiction. For many inhabitants of this world, the apocalypse is not a future possibility but a historical reality. The short documentary essay explores Beirut’s overlooked and marginalized areas that were also affected by the blast on August 4, 2020. These areas sit on both sides of the Beirut river’s banks. The river became a conductor for the blast’s wave due to its length and the fact that it is devoid of barriers. The film refers to the 4th of August, 2020, as the day the world ended. Yet, reality in this area kept on in an apocalyptic state: a global pandemic, deadly pollution, desolate neighborhoods, financial meltdown, resource scarcity, and food shortage.
It’s as if the explosion came to announce the end of the world. There is nowhere to go, no refuge, no scent to the flowers that grow over human limbs, and nothing to be said for the end of the world. Even the river that never ceases to flow to the sea is dead. In this moment of staggering impotence, how does one make a film about the end of the world? Silence is perhaps darkness’ last friend.