THE INSIDER
A short film by Mitra Tabrizian.
Text by Booker Prize winner Ben Okri

‘The Insider’ is a poetic contemplation on Albert Camus’s ‘The Outsider’ (1942). This existential classic, a seminal study of alienation, tells the story of an apparently motiveless and senseless murder by Meursault, a French man living in colonial Algeria who shoots and kills a man, referred to only as ‘the Arab’! It's because of the sun that Meursault claims that he ends up killing a man. But Camus’s existential provocation goes beyond just the random act of violence on a sun-drenched beach - it is partly a philosophical exploration of what he called “the tender indifference of the world”.

The film, shot from the perspective of ‘the Arab’, imagines what the man may have said - it gives voice and name to a man who otherwise remains silent and unnamed in the book. Powerful and poignant, it's the dead man’s voice which haunts us. And as Ben Okri noted “It is a film at once political…and reflective. It starts with The Outsider but goes somewhere else, to perhaps the new meaning which can emerge when we look long enough at one another and at the world with new eyes and a tranquil heart”

In a post-colonial age, and in these dark times of conflict and uncertainty, we are as compelled by the Arab’s story as by Meursault’s, an existential anti-hero refusing to conform to social norms, confronting the absurd, reminding us of the absurdity of our time!

'A beautiful, powerful film..'

The Arts Desk

My Image

'Breathtaking..'

The Guardian

MITRA TABRIZIAN - DIRECTOR

Mitra Tabrizian is an Iranian-British, award-winning artist and filmmaker. Her photographic work has been exhibited and published widely and is represented in major international museums and public collections. Solo shows include Tate Britain (2007) and Venice Biennale Iranian Pavilion (2015). She received the Royal Academy’s ‘Rose Award for Photography’ (2013) and was selected as one of the Royal Photographic Society’s ‘Hundred Heroines: Celebrating Women in Photography Today’, (2018).
www.mitratabrizian.com

Her critically-acclaimed, debut British/Iranian feature film, GHOLAM, had a successful theatrical release in the UK in 2018 and will be distributed internationally in 2019.
www.gholamfilm.com

BEN OKRI - WRITER

Booker Prize–winning novelist Ben Okri is the author of The Famished Road (1991), Infinite Riches (1998) and Starbook (2007), among others. His first novels, Flowers and Shadows (1980) and The Landscapes Within (1981) use surrealism to show the dysfunction of a politically scarred country. This theme persists in Okri's work, which also includes the Booker Prize–winning novel The Famished Road (1991).

Directed by Mitra Tabrizian
Text by Ben Okri
Producer - Zadoc Nava

Man on the beach - Mohamed Moulfath
Voice-over - Fred Maamar Fortas

Director of Photography - Oliver Curtis
Editor and Sound designer - Andrew Lambert

Production Manager - Mehdi Lahlo
Wardrobe - Bongsu Park

Music - Terry Devine-King
Sound Mix - Rich Simpson at Hijack
Grade - Vic Parker at Raised by Wolves

Commissioned by the Print Room at the Coronet


© Sonatine Films 2018

THE INSIDER

A short film by Mitra Tabrizian.
Text by Booker Prize winner Ben Okri.

‘The Insider’ is a poetic contemplation on Albert Camus’s ‘The Outsider’ (1942). This existential classic, a seminal study of alienation, tells the story of an apparently motiveless and senseless murder by Meursault, a French man living in colonial Algeria who shoots and kills a man, referred to only as ‘the Arab’! It's because of the sun that Meursault claims that he ends up killing a man. But Camus’s existential provocation goes beyond just the random act of violence on a sun-drenched beach - it is partly a philosophical exploration of what he called “the tender indifference of the world”.

The film, shot from the perspective of ‘the Arab’, imagines what the man may have said - it gives voice and name to a man who otherwise remains silent and unnamed in the book. Powerful and poignant, it's the dead man’s voice which haunts us. And as Ben Okri noted “It is a film at once political…and reflective. It starts with The Outsider but goes somewhere else, to perhaps the new meaning which can emerge when we look long enough at one another and at the world with new eyes and a tranquil heart”

In a post-colonial age, and in these dark times of conflict and uncertainty, we are as compelled by the Arab’s story as by Meursault’s, an existential anti-hero refusing to conform to social norms, confronting the absurd, reminding us of the absurdity of our time!

"A beautiful, powerful film.."

The Arts Desk

"Breathtaking"

The Guardian

My Image

MITRA TABRIZIAN

Mitra Tabrizian is an Iranian-British, award-winning artist and filmmaker. Her photographic work has been exhibited and published widely and is represented in major international museums and public collections. Solo shows include Tate Britain (2007) and Venice Biennale Iranian Pavilion (2015). She received the Royal Academy’s ‘Rose Award for Photography’ (2013) and was selected as one of the Royal Photographic Society’s ‘Hundred Heroines: Celebrating Women in Photography Today’, (2018).
www.mitratabrizian.com

Her critically-acclaimed, debut British/Iranian feature film, GHOLAM, had a successful theatrical release in the UK in 2018 and will be distributed internationally in 2019.
www.gholamfilm.com

BEN OKRI

Booker Prize–winning novelist Ben Okri is the author of The Famished Road (1991), Infinite Riches (1998) and Starbook (2007), among others. His first novels, Flowers and Shadows (1980) and The Landscapes Within (1981) use surrealism to show the dysfunction of a politically scarred country. This theme persists in Okri's work, which also includes the Booker Prize–winning novel The Famished Road (1991).

Directed by Mitra Tabrizian
Text by Ben Okri

Produced - Zadoc Nava

Man on the beach - Mohamed Moulfath; Voice-over - Fred Maamar Fortas

Director of Photography - Oliver Curtis; Editor and Sound designer - Andrew Lambert;
Production Manager - Mehdi Lahlo; Wardrobe - Bongsu Park;
Grade - Vic Parker at Raised by Wolves
Music - Terry Devine-King;
Sound Mix - Rich Simpson at Hijack;
Commissioned by the Print Room at the Coronet

© Sonatine Films 2018

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