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Descendants

5 March 2023

Run Time

60 mins
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Personal, geological and collective histories are reencountered through this series of films. A reckoning is at the core of Myrid Carten’s candid portrait of familial ties in Sorrow had a baby. While the caverns of a corpse mountain become the place and wonder for a curious eye in Rita Morais’ 16mm film Há ouro em todo o lado, where a child’s play and voice relay sage observations of its past transformation. Afro-Diasporic underground disco, house and ballroom culture is source and inspiration for the blissful and rapturous worldmaking within India Sky Davis’ The Lifecycle of Rainbows.

Descendants is presented in collaboration with the MA Artists’ Film & Moving Image at Goldsmiths University of London, selected by artist filmmaker and programme director Gail Pickering.

Followed by a Q&A with Rita Morais

Sorrow had a baby

‘I absorbed the women in my life as I would chloroform on a cloth laid against my face.’ (Vivian Gornick). Sorrow had a baby explores the mother-daughter relationship through multiple lenses: memory, beauty, and inheritance. Jumping between home movies, TV shows, and raw intimate documentary footage the short film asks: Who writes the stories in a family? Who can change them?

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2022

There is gold everywhere

Há ouro em todo o lado

With Há ouro em todo o lado (There is gold everywhere, 2023) we enter in the subterranean world of ruina montium – a technique used during the Roman Empire for gold extraction, largely explored in the Iberian Peninsula. In a movement passing from within towards the world, one senses a multiplicity of subjectivities that re-inhabit the large territory of the ancient mine. Há ouro em todo o lado is the first segment of the she-wolf trilogy, a series of films that trace the attribution of an industrial gaze in relation to nature, shaped by a movement towards forms of life that emerge within, despite and against that same context.

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2023

The Life Cycle of Rainbows

Inspired by the BaKongo Cosmogram’s permutations within Afro-Diasporic music and dance traditions, particularly underground disco, The Life Cycle of Rainbows shines a polychromatic light on the connection between the ancestral and physical worlds and the manifold cycles we move through in our lifetimes. Shot primarily throughout Scotland’s Western Lowlands, the film journeys through Birth, Maturity, Death and the Ancestral World in a vibrant universe that honours past, present and future.

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2021