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Berwick New Cinema: Porcupine Seabight

This programme contains 3 films.

In-Person screening

Maltings Henry Travers
23 September 2017, 19:30 – 21:10
Date: 2022-09-28 11:49:53
ID: 4522
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Oumoun

Dear grandma, you’ll be surprised to hear my voice in your language…'”

In Oumoun Brussels filmmaker Fairuz Ghammam plays the recording of a spoken letter that was never sent to her elderly grandmother in Mahdia, Tunisia.

In the company of the camera, the lines become a voice over, as we witness a dialogue across languages, across cultures, across generations.

Director

El Moïz Ghammam, Fairuz Ghammam

International Premiere

Production Country

Belgium

Production Year

2017

Duration

15 mins

Dialogue Language

Arabic

Producer

Fairuz Ghammam

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Fairuz Ghammam

Date: 2022-09-28 11:49:53
ID: 4526
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WHAT’S THE DAMAGE

WHAT’S THE DAMAGE is a proposition and provocation, answering back to ongoing crises under white patriarchy, relaying and augmenting feelings and gestures of chronic unease, protest and dissent.

Phillipson’s summons and riposte is given vital form through representations of the most livid and enriched substance, menstrual blood, rising up against leadership circle-jerks, over-groomed toupees, environmental catastrophes, weeping vortexes, seared orang-utans, animal-fat banknotes, and advancing supermoons, pizzas and drones. WHAT’S THE DAMAGE layers multiple digital and physical primal, intergalactic scenes, until, maybe, the whole world is dyed the same potent hue, even the sky.

Director

Heather Phillipson

World Premiere

Production Country

United Kingdom

Production Year

2017

Duration

7 mins

Dialogue Language

English

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Heather Phillipson

Date: 2022-09-28 11:49:53
ID: 4528
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Stand in the Stream

Stand in the Stream is a fast-paced experimental documentary about life and death and the inextricability of the personal from the political. Spanning six years and shot on multiple camera formats, the film captures candid moments in online chat rooms, in the home, in the wild, in the streets, following the arc of a mother’s deterioration and death amidst shifting political and digital landscapes. From the birth of a child to the onset of dementia, from Tahrir Square to Standing Rock and Trump’s inauguration, Stand in the Stream is a pulsing and urgent contemporary ode and call to action.

The title, Stand in the Stream, comes from the Bertolt Brecht play Mann ist Mann (Man Equals Man). The play is about the forcible transformation of an ordinary citizen (Galy Gay) into a soldier: the pliability of identity in the post-industrial West and the possibility, as Brecht suggested, that people are like machines and can be dismantled and rebuilt. In a brief interlude in the play, the character Widow Begbick tells the audience that ‘Herr Brecht hopes you will feel the ground on which you stand, slither your toes like shifting sand so that the case of Galy Gay the porter makes you aware life on this earth is a hazardous affair.’ Then a voice is heard declaring the start of war. The Widow Begbick sings:

‘Don’t try to hold onto the wave that’s breaking against your foot. So long as you stand in the stream, fresh waves will always keep breaking against it.’

Director

Stanya Kahn

World Premiere

Production Country

United States

Production Year

2017

Duration

58 mins

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Stanya Kahn