The haunting film Purple Sea by ‘paradoks‘ artists* Amel Alzakout and Khaled Abdulwahed can be watched at this year's online version of Vision du Réel from April 25 to May 2 2020!

"Purple Sea is an imposition, in its best and worst sense. As a film experience, the work of Syrian artist Amel Alzakout (co-directed by Khaled Abdulwahed) is only just on this side of the border of the bearable; as a document of an event that took place on 28 October 2015 and has been repeated countless times since, it crosses it. Necessarily. This would have worked better in a gallery/museum/exhibition context, one sometimes hears as a reaction to formally somewhat more difficult films, which usually means nothing other than that it is easier to escape from there when things get unpleasant. Even though Purple Sea only lasts a little over an hour, it seems to be infinitely longer. The montage is black magic and the whole film is a curse. Directed against Europe and its borders. "Fuck you all." Film Explorer