In Nice Bombs filmmaker Usama Alshaibi returns to Baghdad to reunite with his family after nearly 24 years.
“…a surprisingly warm first-person video diary… edited with grace and tact.” –Chicago Tribune by Michael Phillips
“thoroughly engaging . . .offers a uniquely time-layered vision of the war.” –Variety
I’ll be giving an artist talk at the University of Michigan in Dearborn, and then will screen my documentary Nice Bombs at the Arab American National Museum on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 7pm.
Special thanks to my good friend Adam Sekuler for setting this up. I’ve never been to Dearborn and excited to connect with the students and the Arab community over there.
As artificial intelligence and machine learning continue to evolve, I am interested in the possibility of some sort of electronic program recognizing its essence. I imagined that this presence not only begins to believe it is having feelings, but actually achieves a semblance of consciousness; it feels within its own realm.
I imagined what that machine might visually and sonically produce as it tries to understand its existence and faces the tension of recognizing that it is without a physical body. Conversely, I wanted to explore how this machine intelligence could give the impression that it is sentient and that … Read the rest
Great turnout and Q&A at the Dragon Boat Film Festival in Denver, screening our film ‘Soon.’
A hypnotic video by Usama Alshaibi, reproduces geometric Islamic drawings, taken from a book offered by his father, which he scanned. “They are charged with a transcendental value and show that divine perfection passes through geometry.”
My film Allahu Akbar will be screening as part of a group exhibition titled:”Sur le motif” (“On the Pattern”) at the Center d’art Madeleine-Lambert in Vénissieux, France, from December 17, 2022 to February 25, 2023.