Kaweh Modiri

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam


This fifteen-minute film – where we are not sure whether we are watching a cleverly edited documentary or an expertly directed short film – shows the story of a random meeting of two young men: the artist himself and Omar, a Moroccan rapper and thief. The two are brought together by the theft of the artist’s notebook. Of course, this is just the start of the entire story. Kaweh Modiri comes from a family of immigrants and has long focused on the question of ethnic integration – an especially sensitive topic in the Netherlands in recent years. In this instance, Modiri looks at this issue from the viewpoint of specific stories that may strike the viewer as bitter or melodramatic, depending on one’s courage and fantasy.
Pavel Vančát


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