45th Parallel

A film by

United Kingdom | 15' | 09/2022 | documentary

A monologue is performed in a building that inhabits the thickness of a borderline, telling stories of permeable borders and impermeable laws, reflecting on how free movement, free knowledge and free space are under threat.

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Lawrence Abu Hamdan


Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an independent investigator or Private Ear. His investigations focus on sound and linguistics and have been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as advocacy for organisations such as Amnesty International and Defence for Children International together with fellow researchers from Forensic Architecture. Abu Hamdan received his PhD in 2017 from Goldsmiths College University of London and in 2021 completed a professorship at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz where he developed his research airpressure.info . Past fellowships have been held at the University of Chicago and the New School, New York.


  • 45th Parallel (2022), 15mins
  • Once Removed (2019), 29mins
  • Walled Unwalled (2018), 21mins
  • Rubber Coated Steel (2016), 22mins
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Director: Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Screenplay: Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Producer: LONO Studio: Luke W Moody
Cinematographer: Jarred Alterman
Sound Recording: Jon Mendel
Sound Design & Mix: Adam Laschinger
Editor: Inneke Van Waeyenberghe, Jarred Alterman
Composer: Susan Alcorn Lobato
Cast: Mahdi Fleifel


  • New York Film Festival, United States (30 September – 16 October, 2022)


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

English dialogue list: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here