She Who Sees the Unknown: Re-Figuring Monstrosity

Institute History

  • 2019 Talent Forum


She Who Sees the Unknown: Re-Figuring Monstrosity recontextualizes stories of dark goddesses, monsters, and jinn of Persian and Arabic origin as a way to propose alternative futures and the reimagining of a new Middle East. The film will posit a counterpoint to the uneven economics and inequities of Western techno-colonialism through a dicto-feminist-figural expression of power. This alternative future is non-male, non-cis, non-white, non-Western—a future for all people who have at one time or another been considered "less than" by the social systems that oppress them. The film will include elements of storytelling, lecture, performance, and ritual, reconfiguring reality toward other futures.


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