In this lecture, de Sousa will talk in depth about the investigation process during the Sayndaya project. She will discuss both her experiences as a filmmaker working within the fields of evidentiary and forensic art and architecture; and the directions she has taken with her own practice more recently. The lecture will be accompanied by screenings including excerpts from Saydnaya and Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Walled/ Unwalled.
This event is co-presented by Light Work’s Urban Video Project, and with the Syracuse University School of Architecture; College of Visual and Performing Arts Department of Transmedia; S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Television, Radio and Film department in Newhouse; Dan Pacheco, the Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation at Newhouse; and The Canary Lab at Syracuse University.
Documentary filmmaker & journalist
Ana Naomi de Sousa is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer whose work addresses history, spatial politics and identity. Her documentaries include The Architecture of Violence (2013), Angola - Birth of a Movement (2012), and Hacking Madrid (2015). As a collaborator with Forensic Architecture, she was the filmmaker on the 2016 Saydnaya project. She has written for The Funambulist, The Guardian and Al Jazeera English, among others. Her latest short, about a rainforest conservation project led by women in Ecuador, will air on Al Jazeera English in February 2020 as part of the Women Make Science series.