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In Praise of Slowness

Film still from Hicham Gardaf’s film “In Praise of Slowness”. A person walks through a dry, barren landscape holding a mountain of empty plastic bottles on their back. To the right of the frame is what seems to be a large signpost, however we only see it from behind.
© Hicham Gardaf
  • Director

    Hicham Gardaf

  • United Kingdom, Italy / 2023
    17 min. / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language

    English, Arabic

Set in modern-day Tangier, In Praise of Slowness follows the laborious journey of a man collecting empty bottles, which he later sells to bleach vendors that roam the labyrinthic streets of the old city. In the face of the global economic and technological forces reshaping the city of Tangier, the profession of the bleach vendors seems to be on the verge of disappearing, yet this film portrait of their supply chain – and notably their insistent chanting – conveys acoustic and visual images of endurance. In Praise of Slowness speaks to the accelerated urbanization and industrialization of Tangier, but also attests to how locally situated choreographies of slowness articulate modes of resistance to the speed of capitalism.

Hicham Gardaf works across photography, film, and installation, using these media as vehicles to engage people in critical conversations with their immediate environment. A large part of Gardaf’s practice looks into transformations of contemporary landscapes in relation to time, space, and politics of place. He is drawn to the social spaces we inhabit, such as buildings, streets, and cities; and researches practices we apply to these places by reshaping, appropriating, and controlling them.

Production Hicham Gardaf. Production companies Hicham Gardaf (London, United Kingdom), Fondazione MAST (Bologna, Italy). Director Hicham Gardaf. Screenplay Hicham Gardaf. Cinematography Hicham Gardaf. Editing Hicham Gardaf. Sound design Hannan Jones. Sound Ilyass Sefrioui. With Khalid Mousmi, Abdellah Ben Messaoud, Fatima Benabbou.

Films: 2022: F(I/U)GUE (video installation, 8 min.), The Storyteller (16 min.). 2023: In Praise of Slowness.

Bonus Material

  • Film still from Hicham Gardaf’s film “In Praise of Slowness”. A person from the chest-down, wearing a gray, stained shirt, leaning on what seems to be the back of a red truck.


    Two photographs that are part of the multimedia project, which also includes the film

  • Film still from Hicham Gardaf’s film “In Praise of Slowness”. A town/small city landscape with apartment blocks in the background, as a person holding a shell made of empty plastic bottles around them walks in the foreground on a dusty path.

    Behind the Scenes

    Photos from the locations in Tangier

Program Schedule

Funded by:

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