Jumana Isabella Issa

Writer, Director & Cinematographer 

ES MUSS / IT MUST (2021)

Fiction / Short / 18.5 min. 
Written, directed and edited by Jumana Issa & Flavio Luca Marano

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In a single humiliating day, Silvia is fired from her job despite being a few years away from retirement, a policeman fines her during a traffic check, and the director of the church choir takes away her solo part. During the Ave Maria rehearsal, Silvia decides to endure in an act of silent resistance.


Fiction / Short / 10 min.
Written and directed by Jumana Issa & Tina Reden

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Together they walk towards a dif ferent future, hoping to find new ways of being and belonging. It is an act of liberation, collective empowerment , and a moment of gentle refusal . Inspired by Audre Lorde‘s notion of the poetic revolutionary, they search for „something outside these wall s that had previously prevented their abilit y to feel , touch, and sense each other.“


2. Black Film Festival Zurich im Kurzfilmblock Houdini/Riffraff

Karla (Karl der Grosse das Debattierhaus) Eröffnungsabend “Authenticity as a Service powered by Body Archive

Bl0wn (2024)

Commissioned / Documentary / 04.20 min. 
Directed, filmed & edited by Jumana Issa

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An edited documentation of the approx. 3 hour performance "Bl0Wn"

"Bl0Wn considers how becoming unrecognisable might offer the possibility of liberation from identitarian markers. By harnessing unrecognizability, illegibility, and incoherence as strategies to question and potentially abolish the constraints one is borne into, the piece aims to interrogate and negotiate the limits of our given realities. Choosing what to reveal and what to hide; through light and darkness, sound and noise, forms and textures, as well as performativity and the refusal to perform. Bl0Wn invites the unruliness of the body as a space for change."

UNLESS (2021)

Fiction / Short / 16 min. 
By Yara Dulac Gisler & Deborah Joyce Holman
Cinematography: Jumana Issa

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Film by Yara Dulac Gisler & Deborah Joyce Holman

Special thanks to Atelier Mondial, Ali-Eddine Abdelkhalek, Hochschule für Kunst und Gestaltung Basel, Julie Machin, Flavio Luca Marano, Ivy Monteiro, None Nissen, Uncle Naa Dom aka Fred Biney, David Nana Opoku Ansah, Philip Ortelli, Point de Vue Basel, Jonas Schaffter

Unless was commissioned by Explorers Film Club (Samuel Leuenberger and Benedikt Wyss). Made possible with the generous support of ProHelvetia and Jugendkulturpauschale Basel-Stadt.

Performers - Yara Dulac Gisler, Deborah Joyce Holman, Mirco Joao Pedro, Cynthia Matumona, Suhyene Iddrisu
Director of Picture - Jelena Luise
Cinematography - Jumana Issa
Sound recordist - Ananda Schmidt
Styling & Make-Up (concept) - Desmond Chan
HMU & Styling assistants - Jahsiri Asabi-Shakir, Chaïm Vischel
Production assistant - Caroline Honorien
Set assistants - Joy Asumadu, Glenn Asumadu, Timon Essoungou, Imani Fux, Alice Lushima, Sera Ndlovu, KT Omole, Fatima Salum, Nahom Weldemehret
Editing - Deborah Joyce Holman, Rodan Tekle (from Studio Junbi)
Grading - Natacha Ikoli
Score - Yara Dulac Gisler, Deborah Joyce Holman
The Bells (Remix) - Bearcat - Yara Dulac Gisler, Deborah Joyce Holman, Dion McKenzie
Audio Mix - Jackie Poloni
Audio Mastering - Russell E. L. Butler, Merlin Züllig
Graphic Design - Ann Kern
Editing: Subtitles - Imani Robinson, B Covington Sam-Sumana
Exterior Eye - Jeremy Nedd


Commissioned / Documentary / 04.20 min. 
Directed, filmed & edited by Jumana Issa

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The initiative of the ten largest Swiss cities in favour of a new national exhibition is called NEXPO.

Haus Gawaling is located in the village of Mathon at the foot of Piz Beverin and is launching a new residency programme for cultural practitioners organised by Lhaga Koondhor and Doris Dehan Son. The "site visit" presented a concert by US rapper, artist and activist Mykki Blanco and an exhibition by artist Maya Hottarek.

© Jumana Isabella Issa 2024