Private Project

The Return of Osiris

On June 9, 1967, Egyptian president at the time, Gamal Abdel Nasser appeared on television and the radio to inform Egyptian citizens of their country’s defeat in the war. During this unusual speech, he also announced his resignation. For many, Nasser’s speech marked the doom of the Arab nationalist movements that he had led and inspired; this moment encapsulates the loss and disillusionment of his pan-Arab vision.

"The Return of Osiris" weaves together footage extracted from numerous stylistically divergent Egyptian films and television series produced between 1976 and 2016. The found footage was edited to reconstruct Nasser’s resignation speech according to the original text.

By collecting, cataloging, and rearranging visual materials from popular culture, Palestinian artist Essa Grayeb’s film sheds new light on the challenge of conveying historical and political events in art along with the power that cinema has in building a collective memory, especially among post-traumatized nations.

  • Essa Grayeb
  • Essa Grayeb
  • Haitham Haddad
    Titles Designer
  • Ahmad Shiber
    English Subtitles
  • Majd Hajjaj
    English Subtitles
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    عودة أوزيريس
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    video art, video montage, found footage, Cinema of Egypt
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 10, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Palestine, State of
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Essa Grayeb

Essa Grayeb (b. 1984) is a Palestinian visual artist whose practice traverses a range of media, primarily photography, moving image and installation.
Some of Grayeb's works are made from objects, footage and sounds that already exist, which he appropriates and manipulates. In his works, he touches upon notions of representation, absence and loss. His work often originates from examining historical moments within the collective memory and forgetfulness while constantly weaving in and out of reality and fiction.
Grayeb holds a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in photography and currently studying for a masters (MFA) at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
His work has been exhibited internationally. His films were screened in numerous film festivals, including the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Toronto Arab Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival and the Arab Film Fest Collab.

Essa lives and works in Jerusalem. 

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