Seeing in “Abouna”

Seeing in Abouna is exemplified in the first moment the two brothers see their father.  He appears to them on a movie screen.  The three layers of gaze (the audience viewing the film, the children viewing the movie, and the questionable reality of the entire scene) make his appearance seem magical, confusing, and sets the visual tone of the film.

(25:39) Father appears on screen.

(25:39) Father appears on screen.

Some external reviews site that the film is more about the cinematography of Abraham Haile Biru than the story itself, and the pain of the film is in stark contrast to its cinematic beauty.  Continue reading


Knowledge by seeing vrs Knowledge by hearing

We were discussing at length in class the relationship between seeing and knowing and how the two have come to become so intertwined so that what we consider as truth is associated with what we can actually see. But I am wondering how the different the aesthetic experience would be if we were all blind. So much of what we know and have come to accept as real is based on on what see and in a culture where ‘seeing is believing’, what would the difference be for someone who cannot see and/or has never seen before? What would the ultimate definer of knowledge be then? Sound? Or one of the other senses?