Waste Underground النفايات تحت الأرض

In 2017, I collaborated with Palestinian cinematographer Ali Aldeek to create a film titled “Waste Underground.” It draws on my fieldwork on efforts to bury Palestinian wastes in the West Bank to explore the idea that landfills are underground storage sites for waste. The film proposes that landfills have particular relationships to land and futurity.

The film was first screened at the Khalil Sakakini Cultural center during the Sharjah Biennial 13,  Tamawuj in Ramallah, in August 2017. It has also be screened as part of the Jerusalem Show iX at al-Ma’mal in the Old City of Jerusalem in 2018, and through London’s Urban Lab Films and Bertha DocHouse as part of an event called “Art and the Toxic Politics of Waste: Lebanon and Palestine” in 2020 (view the event’s Q&A with the filmmakers here). Our conversation was published as an essay in e-Flux (Issue # 127, May 2022). You can watch the film here.

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