Who is afraid of ideology? Part 1&2
“Shot in the mountains of Kurdistan in early 2017, Part 1 focuses on the Kurdish autonomous women’s movement and its
structures of self-governance and knowledge production. This is a guerrilla-led movement that views gender liberation as a coexisting and equal struggle to that of resolving the conflicts
of war, feudalism, religious tensions, and economic struggle. But despite its core emphasis on ecology and feminism, the
movement is not a liberal project. It is an ideology that has emerged from and is practiced through war. The movement’s most recent participation includes the Syrian Revolution,
which began in 2011 and remains ongoing."
Part 2 is the direct continuation of the project, placing the action in the village of Jinwar, in northern Syria. Arsanios’ film looks at different ecofeminist groups including the Autonomous Women’s Movement in Rojava and the way they
attempt to take care of the land and themselves.
Taking this as an example of an alliance between a community of women, nature and animals, Arsanios focuses on different
aspects that such alternative economu and world re-building proposes. The film problematizes the role “naturally” assigned
to women, potentially falling back into care work.
Title: Who is afraid of ideology? Part 1&2
Length: 56 min
Country of Origin: Lebanon
Completion Date: 2019
Director: Marwa Arsanios
About the Director, Marwa Arsanios
Marwa Arsanios was born in 1978 in Washington, DC. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
Marwa Arsanios is an artist, filmmaker and researcher whose work can take the form of installation, performance and moving image. She reconsiders the political development of the second half of the twentieth century from a contemporary perspective, focusing on gender relations, collectivism, urbanism and industrialization. Her research work includes many disciplines and is deployed in numerous collaborative projects.
Her films have been screened at Cinéma du Réel, Paris (2021); Rotterdam Film Festival (2021); EMAF, Osnabrück (2021); Film Fest, Hamburg (2020); State of Concept, Athens (2020); FID Marseille (2019); tiff, Toronto (2019); RIDM, Montreal (2019); Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (2019); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2011, 2017); Berlin International Film Festival (2010, 2015); and e-flux storefront, New York (2009).