Palestinian filmmaker and writer Annemarie Jacir has been working in independent film since 1992 and has written, directed and produced a number of films including 'a post oslo history', 1998; 'The Satellite Shooters', 2001; and 'like twenty impossibles', 2003. She is co-founder and chief curator of the groundbreaking 'Dreams of a Nation' cinema project, and also works as a freelance editor and cinematographer. Recently listed in Filmmaker magazine as one of the top 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema, her work has been screened in Cannes, Venice, Locarno, and Telluride among others.

An Explanation : (and then burn the ashes), 6 min, 2005
Courtesy of the filmmaker

An architectural exploration of Columbia University in New York where buildings only reflect each other, space is restricted, objects concealed or only partially revealed. Set against a montage of phone messages received by Columbia University faculty, the viewer's imagination contributes to this portrait reflecting an atmosphere of American college campuses today.