Ana Min Wein? (Where Am I From?)

Ana Min Wein (Where Am I From?) is a short film and visual diary that constructs my genealogical journey using two different voices, my own and an AI ‘narrator'. It combines generational storytelling and AI to meditate on identity, migration, and memory.

After immigrating to the US from Saudi Arabia at a young age, my identity and belonging have continually shifted with time. I begin Ana Min Wein by trying to answer "Where am I from?" by recollecting my childhood and tracing my family's memories and migration through Saudi Arabia and Iraq, hoping to find an answer. As the AI character attempts to support my journey, it reveals stereotypes and biases derived from its training and algorithmic composition.

By juxtaposing oral storytelling against AI, Ana Min Wein exposes the eradication of my ancestors' collective memory. Compared to our social practices of building cultural meaning and identity through ancestral stories, AI technologies are trained to generalize for consumerist speed and gain. I highlight traditions of passing down stories through generations to expose the superficiality of AI, the reduction of cultural identity, and the prominence of the Western gaze in our technologies today.

  • Nouf Aljowaysir
    Alexa, Call Mom!
  • Nouf Aljowaysir
    Alexa, Call Mom!
  • Nicolás Peña-Escarpentier
  • Nouf Aljowaysir
    Key Cast
  • AI Narrator
    Key Cast
  • Sarra'a Alshehhi
    Cinematographer & Creative Consultant
    A Small Dream
  • Noura Adel
  • Nicolás Peña-Escarpentier
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Experimental, AI film, Visual Diary, Personal Narrative, New Media Art
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Arabic, English
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  • Somerset House
    United Kingdom
    December 1, 2022
    Global Premiere
  • Centre Pompidou
    July 13, 2023
    French Premiere
  • The Lumen Prize
    United Kingdom
    August 31, 2023
    Moving Image Award Shortlist
Director Biography - Nouf Aljowaysir

Nouf Aljowaysir is a Saudi new media artist examining the symbiotic relationship between AI systems and humans. Her work spans installation and storytelling experiences that spark dialogue about the underlying systems of control behind technological innovations. Nouf’s practice often focuses on collaborating with Artificial Intelligence characters to question our intimate relationship and power dynamics with machines.

She has exhibited projects in galleries and festivals globally, including the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), SXSW, Tribeca Film Festival, CannesXR, Centre Pompidou and others.

Nouf has been awarded residencies at ThoughtWorks Arts in NYC and Somerset House in London, UK. At Somerset House, she created her latest work, Ana Min Wein (Where am I From?), which is currently nominated for The Lumen Prize in the Moving Image category.

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