Marcel Dinahet

Le King de Saïda

HDCAM 02:11 min, colour, sound, 2013, filmed in Saïda, Lebanon

On his island rock in the sea facing the city of Saïda (Sidon) in the south of Lebanon, the King of Saïda narrates his own re–telling of Ulysses' return to Ithaca (in his mother tongue, Arabic). In this manner the King continues the oral tradition of the telling and re–telling of Homer's Odyssey. The Odyssey, which focusses on the 10 year journey home by Ulysses after the Trojan War which lasted for 10 years, is believed to have been composed near the end of the 8th century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia. It is believed to have been composed and told in the oral tradition over the centuries with each re–telling allowing for the accrual of personal versions and experiences of each individual narrator.