When Light is Displaced

Interested in its parallels with the fate of the Jaffa oranges, the filmmaker tells her father about her intention to film the last orange grove in Los Angeles. Their disagreement transforms the grove into a space for contemplation on the politics of storytelling in the multigenerational experience of Palestine in exile.

Director Biography

Zaina Bseiso is a film director, producer, and curator working primarily in documentary and experimental cinema. Her work explores the relationship between the materialities of place and issues of memory, surveillance, corporeality, and nationalism. She received her Master’s degree in Film and video from the California Institute of the Arts. Bseiso is based in Los Angeles and was raised in Egypt by Palestinian parents. Her practice mainly traverses among Egypt, Palestine, Cuba, Mexico, and the US. She is co-founder of Bahía Colectiva, a community of filmmakers that collaborate in practice and curation.


Zaina Bseiso


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Rage Against the Colonial Machine

Saturday, 11 June 13:15 - 14:45 / Kijkhuis 2
90 min.
Sunday, 12 June 19:30 - 21:05 / Kijkhuis 1
95 min.

Also in this session

1. Hantu
Kim Kokosky Deforchaux, 19
2. When Light is Displaced
Zaina Bseiso, 7
3. Heat Waves
Kent Chan, 21
4. Kelasi
Fransix Tenda Lomba, 11
5. Freedom Swimmer
Olivia Martin-McGuire, 15 min.

International Competition 2

Saturday, 11 June 17:30 - 19:25 / Kijkhuis 1
115 min.

Also in this session

1. When Light is Displaced
Zaina Bseiso, 7
2. Under the Lake
Thanasis Trouboukis, 17
3. It's Raining Frogs Outside
Maria Estela Paiso, 14 min.
4. Bestia
Hugo Covarrubias, 16
5. Becoming Male in the Middle Ages
Isadora Neves Marques, 22 min.
6. La Fée des Roberts
Léahn Vivier-Chapas, 14 min.