A Field Guide to the Ferns

Dir: Basma Alsharif
11' . 16 mm  . 2015 . Estados Unidos


Deep in the woods of New Hampshire, apathy and violence are blurred. A horror nature film develops, as Basma Alsharif fuses images from Ruggero Deodato’s “timeless slice of visceral horror,” Cannibal Holocaust, a self-referential study of sorts of the representation of violence, with those of another horror, equally distant, yet all too close.

Rating 16 years

Basma Alsharif

She is of Palestinian origin, born and raised nomadically, and developed her practice between Chicago, Cairo, Beirut, Amman, Sharjah, and the Gaza Strip. She received an MFA in 2007 from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She directed films such as Deep Sleep (2014), Home Movies Gaza (2013), The Story of Milkand Honey (2011) and Everywhere Was the Same (2007).


Cinematography: Basma Alsharif, Ben Russel
Sound: Basma Alsharif, Ben Russel

Festivals and Awards

  • Festival de Berlim 2015