A Space Exodus

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A SPACE EXODUS is the first part of Larissa Sansour’s science fiction trilogy along with NATION ESTATE and IN THE FUTURE THEY ATE FROM THE FINEST PORCELAIN. Under the common themes of loss, belonging, heritage, and national identity, the three films each explore different aspects of the political turmoil the Middle East. While A SPACE EXODUS envisions the final uprootedness of the Palestinian experience and takes the current political predicament to its extra-terrestrial extreme by landing the first Palestinian on the moon, NATION ESTATE reveals a sinister account of an entire population restricted to a single skyscraper, with each Palestinian city confined to a single floor. In the trilogy’s final instalment, IN THE FUTURE THEY ATE FROM THE FINEST PORCELAIN, a narrative resistance leader engages in archaeological warfare in a desperate attempt to secure the future of her people. Using the language of sci-fi and glossy production, Sansour’s trilogy presents a dystopian vision of a Middle East on the brink of the apocalypse.