Made from images filmed by the Syrian artist Amel Alzakout after the boat on which she was fleeing Syria sank off the coast of Lesbos, Purple Sea reports on the moment in which the co-director and the other passengers are floating in the sea in their life jackets, waiting to be rescued.
Co-authored with filmmaker Khaled Abdulwahed, Alzakout poignantly narrates her perilous journey, and her poetic commentary feeds into a confrontational psychological reflection on this moment of personal crisis and collective tragedy.
Presented in partnership with Goethe-Institut Glasgow.
Watch below the recording of the live Q&A with filmmaker Amel Alzakout in conversation with Nicole Fryns (Programme Co-ordinator, Goethe Institut).
- The Purple Sea – essay by Merle Kröger with Amel Alzakout
- Purple Sea, A Boundless Expanse – essay by Kevin B. Lee commissioned for Open City Documentary Festival 2020
- Further texts and resources via the Purple Sea official website
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