LAST DAYS OF THE MAN OF TOMORROW
a film by Fadi (the fdz) Baki
2017 / 29 minutes
in Arabic with English subtitles
A young filmmaker investigates the legend of Manivelle, an automaton gifted to Lebanon in 1945 that still haunts an abandoned mansion in Beirut. After being coaxed back out into the limelight, the people who knew him come forward to speak their mind, and the myth that Manivelle has constructed around himself begins to unravel.
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Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow is the award winning film by current Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellow Fadi (the fdz) Baki, who is in residence at Uchicago this quarter working with Uchicago scholar Ghenwa Hayek (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) and multi-media artist and writer Omar Khouri on their collaborative project, Redrawing the Arab World. The film has been screened at over 50 international film festivals and took home the prize for Best Short Film at the BBC Arabic Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, SciFi Film Festival Australia, Sapporo International Short Film Festival, Arab Film Festival (Malmö), Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards, Lebanese Film Festival, Batroun Mediterranean Film Festival, International Short Film Week Regensburg.