Construction. Transience. Progress. Conservationist’s nightmare, futurist’s dream.
Histories ancient and modern conflict and converge. The squeaking screeching belts of mechanical motion, dinosaurs across the skyline, synchronous rhythm of men at work. After hours the site is empty, eerie. Ageless ghosts and Gods watch and whisper. Another new iconic structure emerges. Overcrowding. Suffocation.
Shot in the ruins of Gaza and the West Bank, August 2009. Cast Lead, the IDF codename for the Gaza war of 2009, is a term derived from Haim Nachman Bialik's Hannukah poem about a game played with a spinning dreidel made of lead.
Shot in Saddam Hussein's hilltop palace in the mountains overlooking the River Tigris, Theatre of War is a slow, virtually static video piece redolent of classical history painting. Audio was recorded at the official US military hand-over ceremony at the nearby city of Saniya. A mullah's prayer for unity among Arabs is spoken, after which the pan-Arab national anthem, Mawtini (My Homeland) is played, emphasizing Arab national solidarity and a pan-Arab territory. Made in Iraq in March 2009.
Cinematography and Editing by Trevor Tweeten
Digital Color and Post Production by Jerome Thelia