Marker’s last video work Stopover in Dubai is a chillingly simple – and riveting – found-footage documentary on a reconstructed murder. The original film was produced by the Dubai State Security service, edited from CCTV footage recorded in and around the Dubai hotel where Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was found dead, his room locked from the inside.
Al-Mabhoub was a founder of a military branch of Hamas, and was
reportedly on Mossad's hit list (though he had other enemies as
well). The retrieved footage tracks the team of no less then 26
assassins on their way to the kill. Marker took the film as it is and
replaced the news program’s generic, royalty-free, techno-lite
soundtrack with a haunting, ominous string composition written by Henryk
Górecki for the Kronos Quartet.
Screens together with Cairo Affaire.