The Air And The Worlds
Fall Grants 2019 - Production Stage
A contemplative journey of three parts that follow a mute poet named “This Person”. In a dreamy stream, lightly illustrating wonderings This Person has on notions of familiarity, language, impermanence and the strangeness of everything.
‘The Air and the Worlds’ is a conceptual animation guided by a witty and sleepy character named “This Person”, who happens to be a mute poet. The first part starts with a storyline that articulates the character’s loss of familiarity and language. The story later dissolves, taking us through different contemplative illustrations of the strangeness of everything. Through abrupt waves of poetry, the film is a quiet dialogue with the strangeness of pain, remembrance, healing and the everything-ness of everything in between. It all then slows down in part three; a calmer representation of exhaustion, the search for grace, anchors, intimacy and sleep. The film is an attempt to compose and compact particular intimate complexities in fluid and accessible ease (and accessible strangeness).
- Rana Ashraf
- Rana Ashraf
- Ghada Fikri, Rana Ashraf
About the Director
Rana Ashraf is a self-taught visual artist, born and based in Cairo. Her work moves between illustration, text-work and analogue photography. She has had two international exhibitions, one in Dakar Biennale, Senegal and another in Cairo's international OFF Biennale in 2018. Rana is also an amateur poet, a performer and an aspiring filmmaker and writer. She formally studied public governance and is currently working in a community development project for refugees in Egypt. She has participated in numerous workshops, projects, creative labs and performances in Cairo.