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The Dust Channel


The Dust Channel


Roee Rosen’s film The Dust Channel, previously shown at documenta 14 in Kassel, is a surrealist operetta set in the domestic environment of a bourgeois Israeli family, whose fear of dirt, dust, or any alien presence in their home takes the shape of a perverted devotion to home-cleaning appliances. Rosen associates dust figuratively with sand. The desert obliquely points to specific and current forms of xenophobia. The detention center, where political refugees are held long-term and unrecognized by the state, is in the Israeli desert, and named Holot—the Hebrew word for sand.

The Dust Channel by Roee Rosen, part of the film & video program of transmediale 2018 face value


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