In this lecture, de Sousa will talk in depth about the investigation process during the Sayndaya project. De Sousa 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.
Documentary filmmaker & journalist
This event is co-presented by Light Work’s Urban Video Project, and by Syracuse University through the School of Architecture; the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Transmedia; the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications (Newhouse); the Television, Radio & Film department in Newhouse; Dan Pacheco, the Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation at Newhouse; and the Humanities Center, as part of the official program for “Syracuse Symposium 2019-20: Silence.”
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.