Teach Me

Akram Zaatari

1996 | 00:06:00 | Lebanon | Arabic | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | BetacamSP video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Film or Videomaking, Middle East, War

An episode from a Lebanese TV series entitled Image + Sound.  Each episode in this groundbreaking program was based on paralleling TV news images alongside staged events. This episode was shot at the St. Georges church in Beirut before its renovation.

"Zaatari got his start in the freewheeling and somewhat rough-and-tumble world of Lebanese television in the mid-1990s. Zaatari was hired in 1995 as the executive producer of a morning television program for Future TV. Lebanon’s television industry had just been reorganized to curb the broadcasting excesses of the previous era; every party and militia across the political spectrum had set up its own station during the civil war. When the conflict ended, the government reduced the more than fifty channels to around ten. Future TV was one of the newer, more professional stations that aggressively recruited young creative types and gave them unfettered access to equipment, along with relative freedom to produce highly experimental documentaries. Zaatari’s earliest videos were originally screened as filler between the morning show’s segments."

—Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Artforum (January 2010)


Cast: Bassem Mughniyeh

Camera: Abdallah al-Bunni

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