Past Film/Video | Contemporary Screen

my eye has no iris

Collected Short Films by Palestinian Women

A collage of three stills from films in the my eye is no iris short film program.

Dreamlike short films by Palestinian women filmmakers from all over the world are brought together in the collection my eye has no iris.

Borrowing its title from text written by Razan AlSalah incorporated into her film Canada Park, my eye has no iris is a short film program featuring works created by Palestinian women. Programmed by Film/Video Curatorial Assistant Layla Muchnik-Benali, my eye has no iris invites viewers to consider the connective pathways that bind mind to body, place to history, and past to present. Through works by AlSalah, Zaina Bseiso, and Mona Gazala, audiences are invited to dream and astral project across borders, evade state surveillance, and move toward the subconscious as a way to channel connections to land and history. The program will be introduced with a poetry reading by local poet Sara Abou Rashed! (program approx. 71 mins., digital video)

Stick around after the screening for a community poem writing activity in the lobby area, facilitated by Sara Abou Rashed. (approx. 60 mins.)

Left to right: Canada Park, courtesy of Razan AlSalah. Closeness to the Land, courtesy of Mona Gazala. When Light is Displaced, courtesy of Zaina Bseiso.

Program lineup

When Light is Displaced (Zaina Bseiso, 2021, Arabic with English subtitles, 6 mins.) 
Closeness to the Land (Mona Gazala, 2021, 7 mins.) 
Canada Park (Razan AlSalah, 2020, Arabic and English with English subtitles, 8 mins.) 
from where to where (Nada El-Omari, 2021; Arabic, French, English, on-screen text without subtitles; 8 mins.) 
A Sketch of Manners (Jumana Manna, 2013, English with Arabic subtitles, 12 mins.) 
Dahiet al Bareed (Rosalind Nashashibi, 2002, Arabic without subtitles, 7 mins.) 
Deep Sleep (Basma Alsharif, 2014, 13 mins)

Know before you go

  • Deep Sleep has flashing lights and strobe-like effects. 

Rohauer Collection Foundation

Ohio Department of Development
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Wexner Family
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Ohio Arts Council
Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

Mike and Paige Crane
Axium Packaging
Nancy Kramer
Ohio State Energy Partners
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection
Larry and Donna James
Bruce and Joy Soll
Jones Day
Alex and Renée Shumate


Past Film/Video

my eye has no iris