TRIPOLI IS THE SECOND PART OF THE FILM AND VIDEO ARTIST KNUT ÅSDAM’S TRILOGY ABOUT PEOPLE, PLACE AND SPACE: ARCHITECTURE AND PEOPLE IN CHANGE. WE ARE MOVING FROM ABYSS AND EAST LONDON TO THE CITY OF TRIPOLI IN LEBANON.
Here, the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer planned and started up one of the world’s most distinctive building projects in 1966. Niemeyer’s International Fairground was never completed because of the civil war. Today, it obtains significance by serving as a monumental graveyard to an “architectural relic of a stranded vision” and to a “vanished optimism in the Middle East”. The last film of the trilogy takes us back to more familiar places in Oslo and Groruddalen. A dark picture is often painted by the Norwegian media about this particular geographical area in Oslo with high immigration population, youth crime and “anti-human surroundings”. Åsdam has worked with the film using documentary conventions of research as opposed to the more fragmented narrative structure. The film “Grorud” is to be completed by the autumn of 2010 and the trilogy is given its own space at the honourable Tate Modern in London, October 2010. The three films are directed by Knut Åsdam and produced by Filmhuset with Anders Graham. Post production by Hocus Focus and producer Ole-Arild Svendsen: Edited by Mathias Theissen, sound design by Preben Grieg Halvorsen, colour graded by Haavard Albertsen