In The Darkroom with Steve Sabella was directed & produced by Nadia Johanne Kabalansponsored and sponsored by Berloni Gallery. This film has now been selected for the Berlin Independent Film Festival Feb 6 - 12, 2015 and was selected for the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival in Doha, Oct 23 - 26, 2014.
The short documentary is a sensitive portrait of Steve Sabella, one of the most thriving artists from Palestine today. It gives an insider view of the artist's practice, in which photographic technique and material experiments become a necessary tool of introspection and visual investigation of the past. While the series Metamorphosis (2012) reveals Sabella's transformation after an inner and outer conflict based on his experience of occupation, 38 days of re-collection (2013-2014) documents the excavation of a forgotten and re-imagined history of Jerusalem. In dark, fluid and deliberate images, personal narratives come to light in the darkroom - the womb that brings images and imaginations to life.
„When you are in the darkroom, you don't speak with anyone. The only thing you speak with is … art."