Thursday 21st January 2021
OTHER VOICES, dir. Sarah Brown (Sweatmother)
There are a lot of things that play a part in forging an identity: intergenerational connections, shared histories, mutual understanding and the communal endurance of hardship.
In this mix of personal documentary and portraiture, some filmmakers look internally, at selfhoods based on cultures, political influences, and familial ties. Others allow space for trans and gender-nonconforming people, communities experiencing homelessness, and subway performers to investigate what it means to be a person in a body, with material realities and rich histories.
Multifaceted and fluctuating, these works demonstrate there is no clear formula for how our experiences shape us and how we shape ourselves in a dually hostile and potentially joyful world. Programmed by Miranda Mungai. 81'
Please note, the film Let My Body Speak can only be accessed by UK audiences at the request of the filmmaker.
Immerse yourself in all four Documentary programmes (for the price of three!) with an online pass for £12.
MY OWN PERSONAL LEBANON
A young Greek filmmaker connects with his distant Lebanese half by discovering his mother's secret stories of the war. Exploring the emotional tension between national and personal identity through a conversation in a car, two installations in Athens, a book about Beirut and three spoken languages.
LET MY BODY SPEAK
A personal and intimate journey exploring the repression of a childhood facing sexual control in a Damascus experiencing growing socio-political repression in the '80-90s. Through the creative use of family archive, mixed with current footage of her body, the filmmaker reconstructs the pain of the past absorbed by her body.
Sarah Brown (Sweatmother)
Trans and gender non-confirming people relate their experiences via art and conversation, providing a view from the inside looking out. Many identities face oppression, violence and harm; individuals telling stories like these brings visibility and awareness.
A portrait of contemporary Britain as seen through the eyes of a network of young people experiencing homelessness in Stoke-On-Trent. Funny, intelligent and emotionally aware, the group tell a collective story through a series of arts interventions - music, choreograpy, interviews and animation - showing us the world as they experience it.
Adopting the camera as a tool for curiosity, its filmmaker archives cross-generational oral histories from her family, contextualising them within current day Zimbabwe. The film highlights the implicit and nuanced ways the legacy of British colonialism effects senses of self and belonging amongst communities of colour.