Basma Alsharif
United Arab Emirates | 2009 | 19 min | Doc-fiction
Long still frames, text, language, and sound are weaved together to unfold the narrative of an anonymous group who fill their time by measuring distance. Innocent measurements transition into political ones, examining how image and sound communicate history. We Began by Measuring Distance explores an ultimate disenchantment with facts when the visual fails to communicate the tragic.

Basma Alsharif

Basma Alsharif

Born in 1983 in Kuwait, Basma Alsharif is a Palestinian filmmaker and visual artist based in Los Angeles. Through her artistic practice and manipulation of visual communication, she creates the conditions for the audience to distance itself from political discourse and question mainstream representations. In 2017 she directed her first feature, Ouroboros, an experimental film in tribute to Gaza, that was screened in Locarno, Toronto Palestinian Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival.


The Story of Milk and Honey (2011) | Home Movies Gaza (2013) | Deep Sleep (2014) | Ouroboros (2017)