SANDLINES, THE STORY OF HISTORY

By Francis ALŸS

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - as FEST

Documentary - Completed 2019


Festivals
& Awards

Sundance Film Festival 2020
New Frontier
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • IRAQ
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Duration
    • 61 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Francis ALŸS
    • Synopsis
    • Contemporary artist Francis Alÿs has created more than just a history of Iraq from the Sykes-Picot agreement in 1916 to the Islamic State’s influence of terror in 2016. It can rather be considered the story of history itself, as can only be portrayed by children. These children have never heard of the country of Iraq. When asked, “Where is your country?” they answer, “Here, my village of Nerkzlia,” a tiny town near Mosul, invisible on Google Maps. And so this story starts, during a time when the land was just the land and the land was for everyone, until scheming forces created a country by drawing lines in the sand.