Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival


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Live Event — 13 September 2021, 10:38

Propositions: If from every tongue it drips: Video Performance – co-presented with Open City Docs

Join us for a special event screening of Sharlene Bamboat’s If From Every Tongue it Drips (Canada, UK, Sri Lanka, 2021) co-presented with Open City Documentary Film Festival. We bring you a new captioned version of the film in collaboration with Collective Text in Glasgow and a specially commissioned video performance by Toronto-based musician Nick Dourado and writer-programmer Aaditya Agarawal, which traces the cultural lineages of music in the film.

The programme also features an accompanying text by poet and writer Laila Malik.

The event will be broadcast live on the home page of our website at the time and date advertised above.

Live Event Participants:

Sharlene Bamboat (1984, Pakistan) is a video and installation artist based in Tio’tia:ke/Montreal. Her work is anchored in the absurd and mundane retracing of history through queer aesthetics and popular culture. She has screened and exhibited internationally, including: International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands), Art of the Real (NYC), Addis Video Art Festival (Ethiopia), the Sharjah Film Platform (U.A.E.), Berlinale: Forum Expanded (Germany), Mercer Union Gallery (Toronto) and Henry Art Gallery (Seattle). Sharlene frequently works in collaboration with Bambitchell. The duo were long list recipients of the National Gallery of Canada’s 2020 Sobey Art Award. Sharlene contributes regularly to the arts-sector in Canada, as programmer, jury member for festivals, board member for arts organizations, and has been a member of numerous film/video collectives.




Laila Malik is a desisporic writer in Adobigok, traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Her first volume of poetry is forthcoming with Book*Hug Press.

Aaditya Aggarwal is a film programmer, writer and editor based in Toronto and New Delhi. Aaditya was formerly the Festival Programmer at the Regent Park Film Festival (Toronto), and Programming Coordinator at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. He has contributed writing to media outlets like TIFF’s The Review, The New Inquiry, Canadian Art, Ethnic Aisle and POV Magazine.

Nick Dourado is a Toronto-based musician, whose work has played a key role in supporting many artists including Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Lido Pimienta, Fiver and Aquakultre. A long term study of Jerry Granelli and Halifax’s Creative Music Workshop’, Dourado has been tearing away the veil of contemporary music working against habitual listening, prejudice, and presupposition.