Mars at Sunrise was inspired by the real-life of Palestinian artist Hani Zurob. What inspired you to take on his story? Why art?
I’ve always been interested in the things that artists can say that politicians can’t in a conflict, and I’ve always been interested in the power of the artist to breathe life in stagnant situations. I have a big belief in the relation between art and social change.
I made a documentary called Meet Me Out of the Siege (available online at eyesinfinite.com) about this artist, Hani, who’s originally from Gaza and was exiled to Paris. He told me this story about how the intelligence force of the Israeli occupation had tried to pressure him to become a collaborator. Whatever our political opinions are, we should all be able to get behind artists and say that they have the right to create the art that will move us forward without being touched or polluted by any government or military.
—Jessica Habie (x)
If anyone’s free in the Bay Area tomorrow night, you should go see Mars at Sunrise at the Roxie.