Bouchra KhaliliFilmed through a door’s glass panels, a young woman speaks in Arabic. “A civilization that proves incapable of solving the problems it creates is a decadent civilization,” read the subtitles. “A civilization that chooses to close its eyes to its most crucial problems is a stricken civilization. A civilization that uses its principles for trickery and deceit is a dying civilization.” The woman appears to be musing on the world’s current state of affairs; perhaps she’s being filmed in Europe, or in North Africa.

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