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Mimesis Documentary Festival: Artist-in-Focus: Jessica Beshir To dance with reality

August 19, 2023 @ 10:00 am



To dance with reality

A conversation with Jessica Beshir

As she traces the threads between her short work – including her directorial debut, Hairat (2017) – and her unforgettable feature, Faya Dayi (2021), Jessica Beshir will illuminate her approach to cinematography and time. Elaborating on the infinite task of forming and sustaining a cohesive cinematic vision, Beshir unpicks her own application of Werner Herzog’s concept of “ecstatic truth” as an alternative to vérité. Beshir’s process is grounded in what she calls radical trust, which requires deep inner work directly confronting fear, doubt, and the self – what she argues is the work of every artist.

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Still from Hairat (2017) by Jessica Beshir.

Jessica Beshir

Jessica Beshir is a Mexican-Ethiopian filmmaker, producer and cinematographer based in Brooklyn. She graduated in Film Studies and Literature at UCLA, after which she made several internationally acclaimed short films. The short documentary He Who Dances on Wood (2016) was selected for Hot Docs and won Best International Documentary Short at Edmonton Film Festival and the Jury Award at Anchorage International Film Festival. Hairat (2017) premiered at Sundance, was screened at IFFR and IDFA and won several awards at various other festivals. Beshir is a recipient of the Sundance Documentary Film Program, Jerome Foundation and NYFA Fellowships. Faya Dayi (2021) is her feature debut.


August 19, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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