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Philip Rizk

is a filmmaker from Cairo living in Berlin. His most recent film is entitled "Mapping Lessons." Together with Jasmina Metwaly, he directed the feature film "Out on the Street" (2015), which premiered at the Berlinale and was part of the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale that year. Rizk is a member of the Mosireen video collective behind the archive 858.ma. His texts have appeared online, in journals and in collected volumes including "2011 is not 1968: a letter to an onlooker." Rizk was a resident of the DAAD program in Berlin in 2016-2017. He regularly teaches in classrooms and workshops.

Standing with Syrians: An Open Letter to an Anti-Imperialist

Eva is a real person whom I have known since 2007, as described in this article. But in this text Eva stands for many politically engaged individuals, whether outspoken or silent supporters of the Syrian regime and its allies. I will not re-post her photo here. In a world flooded with images, it is important to maintain our ability to imagine a moment.

Corona is the virus, Capitalism is the pandemic, what do we do next?

In between shifts of exploring the world with my nearing two-years-old son, I managed to finalize my latest film, Mapping Lessons, this summer. I spent four years deeply enjoying exploring a world history of local governance as alternatives to the nation state, particularly in the Levant, trying to answer the question, how do we prepare now for the next time?

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APRIL 2021

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