Just trial and error

Director: Alex Gabbay
Running time: 63 ’ - UK, 2010

Director’s Bio

Alex Gabbay believes filmmaking should raise questions and prompt debate. Most of his films focus on social and cultural identity in developing countries. He works closely with the protagonists and encourages them to tell it like it is. Alex is a cinematographer and director who has worked in South Asia, Middle East and Africa over the past 11 years. He has produced 44 films, including three award-winning documentaries, which have attracted 14 international awards.
He has MA in Direction and Documentary Production from Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield UK and an MA in Screenwriting from Royal Holloway University London.

Contact Director
Alex Gabbay
71 Park Street London SE1 9EA
Tel: +447946382921
E-mail: Alex_gabbay@yahoo.co.uk

2010 LIDF London International Documentary Film Festival - UK

2009 Redd Alert
2009 Lease of Life
2009 This Land My Land
2008 The Pied Piper of Eyasi
2008 The Edge of Islam
2007 Chanel versus Colle Aljazeera People and Power
2006 Badi Girls
2006 The Little Goddess
2006 The Women’s Wing
2006 Asia Today
Director, Cinematography: Alex Gabbay  
Script: Sophia Goulandris, Sara Adhikari  
Edit: Bronwyn Harvey  
Music: Wajid Yaseen, Placebo  
Animations: Sarah Beeby  
Second Cameras: Marek Baranski, Maximilian Ellis  


Filmmaker Alex Gabbay invites a sculptor, two neuroscientists and an internet entrepreneur to explore the part consciousness plays in their respective fields. Set against a lingering score by Wajid Yaseen and witty use of visual material, the film creates its own narration out of fascinating interviews.

Consciousness defies definition. Perhaps no aspect of mind is more familiar or more puzzling than consciousness and our conscious experience of self and world.

Why are we so interested in consciousness? Most people are interested because of their personal experience - we have consciousness, we experience it; perhaps we even think that we “are'” it. But, if we are to make progress in understanding consciousness, we will have to think about it very clearly, and engage in serious constructive dialogues between a variety of viewpoints.

The film aims to provoke a spirited debate by actively seeking serious opposing views, from cognitive and perceptual science, technology and art. By the end of the film there is some interesting consensus and conclusions.

World sales
Jean-Michel Trèves
J.M.T. Films Distribution and Sales International
20, rue Bialik, 63324 Tel Aviv
Tel: +972-3-525 47 82, M: +972-52- 36 333 98
E-mail: Michael@jmtfilms.com
Web Site: www.jmtfilms.com

Director’s Statement

When I began considering how to structure a film about consciousness I realized that it needed to be non linear in order to reflect or mirror the way the mind literally ‘makes sense’. As Beau Lotto explains in the film, making sense of the world, like the process of ‘seeing’, draws on a whole range of inputs, including our own experience in life. Rather than try and define or describe what consciousness is or how it works I felt it was more effective to explore possibilities and provoke discussion through a diverse, often juxtaposed argumentation. Making the film in such a non-linear way gives the possibility for the mind to form its own associations and conclusions. In this way each person will take away something different.