Há terra!, dir. Ana Vaz, France 2016, 12 min.,
This special programme brings together four shorts by directors who featured at the ICA’s recent FRAMES of REPRESENTATION
Disseminate and Hold
Rosa Barba (Aggregate States of Matter
) investigates how man-made landscapes often become deeply enmeshed with both political agendas and utopian visions. Disseminate and Hold
examines the complex relationships between the Minhocão (or ‘Big Worm’), a controversial elevated highway running through the heart of São Paulo, and both the buildings that surround it and the citizens who live in its shadow.
Camilo Restrepo (Los conductos
) centres this musical short on a man who learns his daughter has been brutally murdered by her husband, and on his struggle to balance his need for solace with his urge for revenge. La bouche
is loosely based on the story of Guinean percussion master Mohamed Bangoura (‘Red Devil’), who also stars in the film.
A stream, a river, young people passing by. A crossing at night to get to the beach of Hell. Orfeo
is a poem in three paintings inspired by the myth of Orpheus and the landscapes near the Franco-Swiss border that defined the childhood of filmmaker Isabel Pagliai (Tender
Ana Vaz (Apiyemiyeki?
) describes her 16mm cine-poem as ‘an encounter, a hunt, a diachronic tale of looking and becoming… As in a game, as in a chase, the film errs between character and land, predator and prey.’ Darting camera movements appear to track a young girl through high grass, as a sound loop conjures up memories of colonialism. But the beauty of the collage rests on the impossibility, for the viewer, of letting this past pass.
Disseminate and Hold, dir. Rosa Barba, Brazil 2016, 21 min., Portuguese with English subtitles
La bouche, dir. Camilo Restrepo, France 2017, 19 min., Soussou with English subtitles
Orfeo, dir. Isabel Pagliai, France 2016, 14 min.
Há terra!, dir. Ana Vaz, France 2016, 12 min., Portuguese with English subtitles