an amazingly beautiful, experimental film by annemarie jacir. it shows the hatred and racism directed at faculty who teach in the middle east studies program there through these racist messages that you hear on the answering machine. the juxtaposition of those messages against the backdrop of the footage, as well as kamran rastegar’s beautiful music, is quite powerful. here is her description of the film entitled an explanation:
Experimental Film. An architectural exploration of Columbia University in New York where buildings only reflect each other, space is restricted, objects concealed or only partially revealed. Set against a montage of real phone messages received by Columbia University faculty, the viewer’s imagination contributes to this portrait reflecting an atmosphere of American college campuses today.