I AM (NOT) A MONSTER – For release in March 2019

I am (not) a monster is a multi-platform project (feature-length film, short films, events, musical record, and exhibition) demonstrating the state  of ideologies- their origins, formulation and power structures- in contemporary society. It investigates the means by which knowledge is interwoven with the idea of cultural heritage  while  current  development  in  AI  suggests  a  global  notion  of  ‘collectiveness’.  Trained  by  Noh theatre,  Kabuki  experts  and  Sumotoris  in  Japan,  with  Bunraku  puppets  in  hand,  Nelly  Ben  Hayoun reenacts and questions the writings of political theorist Hannah Arendt while talking to the world’s most influential thinkers accompanied by Japanese monsters known as Yokais. On her dynamic journey from Ethiopia and Egypt to Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, and the UK, she also engages with families, students of alternative educative structures and Hannah Arendt’s students. Together, they try to answer one of the greatest questions of our age: who owns knowledge and the act of thinking?

featuring Prof. Noam Chomsky, Prof. Arjun Appadurai, Nadezhda Andreyevna Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, Hannah Arendt’s students: Richard J. Bernstein, and more.

Website: iamnotamonster.world