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Over three weeks in August, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Deluge Contemporary Art invites you to a series of films about art and artists. High Summer Screenings offers intimate portraits of Albert Namatjira, Hilma af Klint, Pat Steir, Paula Rego, Joyce Carol Oates and Slave to Sirens (a Lebanese all-female thrash metal band), as well as indigenous Canadian tattoo artists and contemporary musicians from Beirut.

These films are free to the public, presented in the gallery’s comfortable, convivial environment. Doors open at 6:30 for 7pm screenings.

Sirens

RITA BAGHDADI, 2022, USA/LEBANON, 78 MIN

Co-founders and guitarists of the first all-female metal band in the Middle East, Lilas and Shery battle friendship, sexuality and destruction in their quest to become thrash metal rock stars.

“A beautifully balanced portrait of young women screaming to be heard within their notoriously oppressive culture. Sirens manages to offer what every revolution needs: hope” – Rebecca Landman, Collider

“A roof-raising rock-doc with heart to match its decibels” – Screen Daily

“Sirens is a powerful reminder that punk isn’t dead if you know where to look.” – Indiewire

Rita Baghdadi is an award-winning, Moroccan-American documentary filmmaker. Her bold, character-driven work has been supported by Sundance, Tribeca, Netflix, HBO, Film Independent and the International Documentary Association. Rita got her start as a cinematographer, filming verité documentaries such as Served Like a Girl, which The Hollywood Reporter recognized for its “unfussy intimacy.” Rita’s feature documentary directorial debut, My Country No More, was awarded Best Feature at the 2018 Big Sky Film Festival, broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens and is now streaming on Amazon. Her documentary City Rising won the LA-area Emmy award for Best Social Issue Film and is being used as a tool for activism around housing inequality. Rita is the co-founder of Lady & Bird Films and is a member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia. When she is not in the field, she is an active mentor dedicated to empowering women and girls of colour through documentary film training. Her latest feature documentary, Sirens, premiered in competition at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

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Réminiscences d’une session d’enregistrement où quinze musiciens, à Beyrouth, ré-imaginent un classique égyptien [Reminiscences of 15 musicians in Beirut attempting a re-imagination of an Egyptian classic]

CHARLES-ANDRÉ CODERRE, 2021, CANADA/LEBANON, 13 MIN

This film documents the circumstances surrounding the creation of Jerusalem In My Heart’s live recording of “Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam” (The language of speech has broke down) in 2017 (Beirut, Lebanon).

Ya Garat Al Wadi is a popular piece of Egyptian music arranged by the legendary composer Mohammad Abdel Wahab and written by the poet Ahmad Shawqy in 1928. Over the years, it has been interpreted by many influential artists, such as Fairuz and the Rahbani brothers. Most notably, towards the end of the 1960s, the Lebanese singer Nour el Houda made an unforgettable contemporary rendition of this composition for television. More than 90 years later, this piece continues to fascinate the cultural imaginary, to the point where in December 2017, with the initiative of the experimental composer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem in My Heart), an orchestra of 15 musicians was formed over the period of five days in Beirut to once again reinterpret this great classic of Arab music for a contemporary audience.

With Abed Kobeissy, Ali El Hout, Bashar Farran, Eliana Awad, Firas Andary, Imad Hashisho, Jad Saliba, Jihad Assaad, Layale Chaker, Reda Bitar, Sam Shalabi, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Sharif Sehnaoui, Tony Elieh, Fadi Tabbal.

Charles-André Coderre lives and works in Montreal. He makes films and works on 16mm live projections for film and music performances. His films are distributed by Light Cone (Paris), CFMDC (Toronto) and Vidéographe (Montréal). Since 2017, he co-organizes, with Michael Bardier (Heavy Trip) the OK LÀ! music and expanded cinema series in Verdun.

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