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Slow Shift • Except this time nothing returns from the ashes • The Watchman

Sunday 10 March, 17:30

Run Time

56 mins
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Content Warning

Flashing lights/ strobe effects

Past and present infuse each other with strange energy across films that capture people and places at the borders of transformation. As the sun sets on ancient ruins a shutter opens and closes, and a light in the distance reflects on the glass of a soldier’s lonely watchtower.

Directors Asmaa Jama & Shambhavi Kaul will be present for a Q&A after this screening.

Slow Shift

A threshold between worlds, the ruined city of Hampi in southwest India is an archaeological heritage site, a gateway to an ancient kingdom and home to a troop of wild monkeys. Through subtle layering of sound and image Slow Shift brings life and landscape into sensuous dialogue – temporalities colliding and more-than-human geographies overflowing with energy and friction.

Director

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Year

2023

Premiere

Subtitle Language

Primary Contact

Shambhavi Kaul

Duration

9 mins

Cinematographer

Josh Gibson

Editor

Lalitha Krishna

Sound design

Jason Sudak

Except this time nothing returns from the ashes

A ghostly, glitched-out poem to under-represented lives in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Troubling the silences and exclusions of institutionalised narratives, the film takes inspiration from readings and stories relating to historic African photography studios. Combining elements of animation, text and experimental sound design Asmaa Jama and Gouled Ahmed channel self-portraiture as an act of resistance and refusal – luxuriating in the potential of what Tina Kampt calls the still-moving-image.

Directors

Countries

Year

2023

Premiere

Dialogue Language

English

Subtitle Language

Content Warning

Flashing lights/ strobe effects

Primary Contact

Asmaa Jama

Duration

16 mins

The Watchman

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Wake up soldier, open your eyes… For Halil, days are long and nights are spent in the watchtower waiting for an enemy who never arrives. When a strange light appears on the horizon, his state of limbo is punctured by ghostly apparitions. The Watchmen is a haunting elegy for the pain and absurdity of conflict and a tender evocation of life flowering in its margins.

Director

Country

Year

2023

Premiere

Dialogue Language

Turkish

Subtitle Language

Primary Contact

Janja Kralj

Duration

26 mins

Distribution (Film Festivals)

Janja Kralj

Podcast

Q&A with Asmaa Jama & Shambhavi Kaul