From Rivers to Dust

This film documents my research process over the past two years looking into connections between Iraq and Tunisia. I find meaning in uses of language, the experience of displacement, pollution, stigmatization and the shared emotions of grief and loss. Based on conversations with farmers, friends and activists, this work blends my field documentation with archival material and visualizes webs of meaning present between the explored places.
15’ Tunisian and Iraqi Arabic, English, subtitles in English


Just like Fallujah in Tunisia, Iraqi Fallujan farmers are displaced from their lands and forced into “hollowed- out modes of being” (Rubaii, 2018, p.285).

Iraqi Internet Archives
This work gathers my favorite videos collected while researching about Iraqi music, dance and food on various online platforms. It manifests the importance of archives for diasporic and displaced communities who have often lost material memories and access to culture. Through these archives, I want to share and celebrate sides of Iraq that are often overlooked due to dominant narratives of war and conflict. The creators of the videos are cited at the end of the work.


Reviewing Parallel 36
This Instagram page acts as an archive of my collection of online reviews and ratings. I find elements of humor and moments of resistance while virtually traveling the 36th parallel north of the equator on online mapping platforms. Within this geographical line many parallels unfold. With “Reviewing Parallel 36” I explore the stories that are told through the on-the-ground realities exposed through online reviews.


For more information about my work visit my website (www.marysarsam.com) or reach me at @sarsammary


Adrift, A Shift

June 29th - July 6th

Willem Twee Kunstruimte
Boschdijkstraat 100, 5211 VD 's-Hertogenbosch