Two Meetings and a Funeral
Director: Naeem Mohaiemen
Section: The New Medium III: Multi-screen Cinema
| Year: 2017
Two Meetings and a Funeral looks at the pivotal moment of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), when parts of the utopian third world project to end Euro-American dominance shifted from its socialist urges to the petrodollar fuelled ‘ummah’ concept of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Between the 1973 NAM meeting in Algeria and the 1974 OIC meeting in Pakistan is periscoped Bangladesh’s debut as a new nation-state. Harnessing rare archival footage of these meetings and traversing transnational architecture in New York, Algiers and Dhaka with fellow travellers, the film reflects on the idea and contradictions of the Third World as a potential space for decolonisation and South-South solidarity.
Naeem Mohaiemen (b. 1969) is an artist and writer who combines films, installations, and essays to research failed left utopias, incomplete decolonizations and Bangladesh histories -- framed by Third World Internationalism and World Socialism. A hope for an as yet unborn global left, is an ideological basis for his work. His works have been exhibited worldwide, most recently at Tate Britain, Documenta 14, Venice Biennale. He is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Columbia University and a Guggenheim Fellow. Mohaiemen is a nominee for this year’s Turner Prize.