In the 60s & 70s, Hashem el Madani used to take his super 8 camera with him on holidays to film his family and friends. This video looks at how a still photographer - like him - conceived movement and spontaneously directed his friends and family including himself. The rushes used in the five movements were shot in the late 1960s and early seventies in Egypt, and in touristic sites in Lebanon such as the Beiteddine Palace, Kfarhonah (covered with snow), a picnic site in a pine forest in Dahr el Ramleh, and Jezzine, which used to be Madani's summer residence.

Akram Zaatari is a video artist, photographer, archival artist and curator who lives and works in Beirut. He has been exploring issues pertinent to Lebanese postwar condition, particularly the mediation of territorial conflicts and wars through television, the logic of religious and national resistance, and the production and circulation of images in the context of a geographically divided Middle East.

As the co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation, Zaatari based his work on collecting, studying and archiving the photographic history of the Middle East, notably studying the work of Lebanese photographer Hashem el Madani as a register of social relationships and photographic practices.