Hex is a contemporary film adaptation of German expressionist choreographer Mary Wigman’s 1926 performance, Hexentanz (witch dance). 

Directed by Ania Catherine and Samira Mahboub
Produced by Dejha Ti
Starring Ania Catherine and Samira Mahboub
Choreographer Ania Catherine
Director of Photography Rob Jarvis
Editor Dejha Ti
Music Tim Motzer
Costume Designer & Stylist Taff Williamson
Makeup Lucy Bridge at Streeters
Hair Philippe Tholimet at Streeters
Colorist Andrew Finch
Stills Photographer Nicole Salnikov
Production Assistant Emmalie El Fadli
Runner Bilal Boutin
London, 2017


Mirror Stages and One

Photographer: Dejha Ti

Dubai, 2017

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SAMANIA collaborated with Dubai-based contemporary womenswear brand Alayna to create a lookbook showing our interpretation of her SS17 resort collection Salaam
Dubai, 2017



Performance: Samira Mahboub
Photography: Ania Catherine
London, 2014

A two-pronged [film + poem] response to those who tell queer women “It’s just a phase.” 


something is wrong
this is temporary
sweet but not serious
curious but not aware
ill but arousing
a beautiful phase
drowning in tears, not their own
fleeting, confused
oscillating between feeling and numbness

most depictions of confused women don't reflect confused women
they reflect a confused gaze
a dirty lens
the dirt is invisible
it’s called discourse
a cocktail of history, stories, and science
accounts sans accountability

phase is your film, of which we wanted no part
what is seen through this frame is not reality
it is a view
a view that won’t define or lasso our experience
this gaze is not required
this gaze may seem loving
this gaze deceives you
what is a phase, is this gaze
not our experience
we politely exit
in our absence, your frame becomes visible
see you in the future

by Ania Catherine



“I don’t get it. I’m just worried about you. It’s just a phase."
We decided to call-out the less visible and seemingly innocent discourses that minimize romantic love between women.

PHASE has two prongs: a SAMANIA film and a poem by Ania Catherine. “It’s just a phase.” Find a woman who hasn’t heard these words regarding her attraction to or relationship with another woman. PHASE is a response. There has been a recent and drastic increase in the visibility of female-female relationships throughout media. However, subtle and implicit forms of delegitimation and ridiculization of relationships between women are omnipresent. As French intellectual Michel Foucault has written, power’s “success is proportional to its ability to hide its own mechanisms”; PHASE highlights the less visible (and therefore underestimated) yet still powerful forms of heterosexism. Increased media presence should not be conflated with sexual equality. The social acceptability of such comments needs to be challenged, as these subtle forms of discrimination could be easily eliminated were people made more aware of their harm. 

Directed and performed by Ania Catherine and Samira Mahboub
Director of Photography: Delaram Pourabdi
Editor: Delaram Pourabdi
Makeup/Hair: Laura Angelone
Voice-over: Delaram Pourabdi
Production Assistant: Madeline Hodges
Los Angeles, 2016