Discussion with director Raed Andoni and producer Nicolas Wadimoff, moderated by Stella Peisch
May 20, 2022
By Mina Ibrahim and Stella Peisch
Co-organized by Graduate Institute Geneva, MENA Prison Forum, UMAM D&R, and in partnership with the 17th edition of the International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva (FIFOG), the 1st MPF Film Series launched on 17 May 2022 in Geneva with its premiere film screening and roundtable. The selected film, Ghost Hunting, explored the effects of torture and imprisonment on the individual, the forms of inmate resistance to their captors, and the post-imprisonment process of healing through creative artistic expression. Directed by Raed Andoni, himself a former prisoner, the film brings together a group of Palestinians formerly detained in the al-Moskobiya interrogation center to confront their carceral experiences together as a group. With the director, they created a replica of the detainment facility and reenacted interrogations drawing upon their repressed memories and emotions.
The film screening was followed by a three-person roundtable featuring the film’s director, Raed Andoni, in conversation with producer Nicolas Wadimoff (Akka Films), moderated by MPF researcher Stella Peisch. The roundtable discussion explored relevant themes raised by the film relating to carcerality and the individual, properly placed within the larger political context of systemic human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories today.