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Concrete Forms of Resistance

Filmed in Tripoli, Lebanon, Concrete Forms of Resistance is a documentary centred upon the city’s abandoned ‘Permanent International Fair’, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in the mid-1960s. The film presents themes of progress and crisis, labour and capital, material and memory, contrasting the utopian vision of the original plans with the stark realities of sectarian divisions, regional conflicts and rising economic inequalities.

Interwoven throughout the film are sequences that feature Tripoli’s artisan carpenters and wood carvers, who provided a key role in the site’s original construction.

Reflecting upon pressing global issues from a plurality of voices, the documentary includes audio interviews with architect and activist Wassim Naghi, alongside archival recordings of Oscar Niemeyer.

  • Nick Jordan
    Director
  • Nick Jordan
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Lebanon
  • Language:
    Arabic, English, Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    HDV
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Kyiv International Short Film Festival
    Kyiv
    Ukraine
    April 22, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest
    Sheffield
    United Kingdom
    June 9, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
    Sao Paulo
    Brazil
    August 20, 2020
    South American Premiere
    Best International Film / Official Selection
  • CINETEKTON! International Film & Architecture Festival
    Puebla
    Mexico
    October 20, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Antimatter
    Victoria
    Canada
    October 19, 2020
    North American Premiere
  • Asolo Art Film Festival
    Asolo
    Italy
    July 30, 2020
    Official Selection
  • In the Palace
    Varna
    Bulgaria
    September 15, 2020
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Nick Jordan

Nick Jordan is an artist who works with film, drawing, painting, objects, publications and collaboration.

The artist's short films deploy a layered, documentary approach to explore the interconnections between natural, social and cultural histories.

Nick Jordan's films have been shown widely at international festivals and exhibitions, including Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France); Innsbruck International Biennale (Austria); BFI London Film Festival (UK); Videonale, Bonn (Germany); Whitstable Biennale (UK); Darwin State Museum, Moscow (Russia); Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK); São Paulo International Short Film Festival (Brazil); Kassel Dokfest (Germany); Documenta, Madrid (Spain).

The artist's films have won a number of awards, including 'Best Film' at London Short Film Festival, Encounters Short Film Festival, Crosscuts Environmental Film Festival, ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, River's Edge International Film Festival, Swedenborg Film Festival, Document.Art Film Festival.

Nick Jordan is based in Manchester, UK.

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