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While millions of birds migrate freely in the skies, Fadia, a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, yearns for the ancestral homeland she is denied. She challenges the director, Sarah, to find an ancient mulberry tree that stands as witness to her family’s existence – with only inherited memories, a blind man and a two-headed dragon as her guides.
Director Biography – Sarah Beddington
Sarah Beddington is a British artist and filmmaker currently based in London. Her research-based works in film and video, sculpture, performance and public art, explore the overlaps between the historical, the mythical and the everyday, often focusing on journeys and migration. Traces in the landscape, the role of memory and non-chronological histories are also important components in her work that can allow for seemingly disparate elements to become connected, opening up spaces to imagine alternate realities and possible future scenarios.
After completing a Masters Degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s in 1996, Beddington gradually shifted her focus from painting towards the moving image, especially after relocating to New York in 2002. She has completed many multi and single-screen film and video works that have been shown internationally in film festivals, museums, non-profit spaces and galleries including: Sheffield DocFest; Liverpool Biennale; Centre Pompidou, Paris; MASS MoCA, USA; FidMarseille International Film Festival; LOOP film and video festival, Barcelona; San Francisco Film Festival; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio and The Drawing Center, New York.