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Short Stories from the Border

This programme contains 4 films.

On the same day as the Scottish independence referendum, Short Stories from the Border features tales drawing on the divide between England and Scotland and on crossing borders all over the world.

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The Lion and the Unicorn

Set in a lavish mansion in the Scottish Borders, the lion (representing England) and the unicorn (representing Scotland) debate the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence while drinking North-sea oil from Jacobite crystal and dividing up the pieces of a Union Jack cake.

The Lion and The Unicorn is a short film inspired by the heraldic symbols found on the Royal Coat of Arms of The United Kingdom, the lion (representing England) and the unicorn (representing Scotland). The piece uses representations of both alliance and opposition to explore national identity within the context of the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence.

The video features three recurrent characters: the lion, the unicorn and the queen. These figures seem to emerge from disparate genres, including shadowy historical reconstruction, playful nursery rhyme and pragmatic TV interview. Inhabiting the rich historical setting of Traquair House in the Scottish Borders, they are seen drinking North-sea oil from Jacobite crystal, dividing up the pieces of a Union Jack cake and inciting conflict over the mispronunciation of Robert Burns.

Commissioned by The Edinburgh Printmakers and funded by Creative Scotland

Director

Rachel Maclean

Production Country

United Kingdom

Production Year

2012

Duration

12 mins

Dialogue Language

English
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Now Eat My Script

The transit of a sacrificed lamb in the trunk of her relative’s car provides a starting point to reflect on the exchange of food between the artist’s mother’s family in Syria and her family in Lebanon, and on the exchange of language, as a text roams among cities.

Director

Mounira Al Solh

UK Premiere

Production Country

Lebanon

Production Year

2014

Duration

25 mins

Dialogue Language

English
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Two at the Border

A documentary portrait about two human smugglers: Ali from Syria and Naser from Palestine. Based in the Turkish city of Edirne, they help refugees cross the border into Greece. While Greece barricades its borders to Turkey with European support, their work gets increasingly tough.

Director

Tuna Kaptan, Felicitas Sonvilla

Production Countries

Germany Turkey

Production Year

2013

Duration

30 mins

Dialogue Languages

Lebanese Arabic (dialect) Persian (Farsi) Turkish
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What is the true cost of a bargain? A comic encounter between a Swedish salesman and a Norwegian couple on their monthly bargain hunting at the border between Norway and Sweden.

Director

Gunhild Enger

Production Countries

Norway Sweden

Production Year

2014

Duration

18 mins