Programme

Document Film Festival 2019 takes place from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 October in CCA Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. CCA is a fully accessible venue and full information can be found on their website: http://www.cca-glasgow.com

Tickets to all events are either free or priced on a Pay What You Can basis from £0 to £8 (in £2 increments).

Welcome to the seventeenth edition of Document.

Each year we foreground innovative documentary cinema as a way to explore and refresh our relationship to human rights and visual representation. This year, across a series of interconnected strands, we look particularly at the growing movement for climate justice and to strategies of collaboration and resistance – tracing narratives of colonialism, indigeneity, territoriality and migration.

Our focus on land-based struggles in Latin America takes its name from legendary Colombian filmmaker Marta Rodriguez’s 1981 documentary, Our Voice of Earth, Memory and Future, a film exposing the historic repression of indigenous Colombian farmers and their long fight against it. This newly, and beautifully restored film resonates profoundly with contemporary manifestations of neo-colonialism and climate barbarism on the continent – perhaps none more so than in the context of the on-going, historically-rooted, devastation visited on the Amazon rainforest.

Filmmakers in our Uninhabitable Earth strand travel from the mountains of Macedonia to the jungles of Sri Lanka in search of new futures beyond the spectre of such overwhelming crisis; and Franco-Brazilian filmmaker, Ana Vaz, joins us at the festival as our artist-in-focus, presenting around her debut feature film The Voyage Out – a reflection on ecological disaster and the possibility of renewal.

While Britain remains consumed by its political relationship with Europe, we also take a closer look at what life is like on the continent for those living on its fringes, with screenings of dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s The Rest; and Ian McDonald’s split-screen rendering of identity and belonging, Who is Europe?

At the margins often flourishes beauty and creativity, and with programme highlight Lisbon Beat we celebrate the city’s vibrant Afro-Portuguese music scene, with a screening and club night featuring sets from DJ Rita Maia and Príncipe Disco’s artist DJ Firmeza.

And the enduring power of community also illuminates Lucy Parker’s Solidarity, a collaboratively made exploration of blacklisting in the UK construction industry which serves as inspiration for a strand on collective resistance, and also our annual Critical Forum symposium – this year looking at collaborative filmmaking, curation and research as creative practice.

Finally, we’re beyond excited to open the festival with an exclusive Scottish performance of poet, filmmaker and 2017 Ted Hughes award winner Jay Bernard’s multimedia, multi-narrative work, Surge; before closing with the European premiere of Nguyen Trinh Thi’ s intimate and illusory portrait of Vietnam, Fifth Cinema.

The Document 2019 team.

 

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Ana Vaz: The Voyage Out

Our 2019 artist-in-focus is Ana Vaz, an artist and filmmaker whose films, installations and performances speculate upon the relationships between myth & history, self and other through a cosmology of references and perspectives. Assemblages of found and shot materials, her films combine ethnography and speculation – exploring the f(r)ictions imprinted upon ‘cultivated’ & ‘savage’ environments.

Ana joins us at the festival to present a special reading/screening around her upcoming debut feature film, The Voyage Out.

The Voyage Out takes the toxic disaster in Fukushima as a synecdoche of the impending ecological disaster and the possibility of renewal. It presents an ethnography of the future, an ethnography otherwise. Two years after the toxic disaster in Fukushima, a new island has emerged in the Ogasawara archipelago, in the far south of Japan. The Voyage Out stages, in a dreamlike and experimental form, the sensitive imaginary of these two places, and the way in which they compose a world crossed by the spectre of destruction and renewal.

Followed by a conversation between Ana and Charlotte Ashcroft (Film Hub Scotland) 

Arrows, Gazes, Points of Intensity: The Films Of Ana Vaz screens Saturday, 5:45pm

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Event: Film and Reading

Director: Ana Vaz

Date: Sunday 27 October

Time: 3.30pm

Location: CCA Cinema

Arrows, Gazes, Points of Intensity: The Films of Ana Vaz

Our 2019 artist-in-focus is Ana Vaz, an artist and filmmaker whose films, installations and performances speculate upon the relationships between myth & history, self and other through a cosmology of references and perspectives. Assemblages of found and shot materials, her films combine ethnography and speculation – exploring the f(r)ictions imprinted upon ‘cultivated’ & ‘savage’ environments.

This collection of films proposes a critical reflection on the relationship between colonialism, modernity and the impending ecological disaster – exploring the colonial and post-colonial exchange between Europe and the Americas.

Interrogating the filmmaker’s gaze and relationship to the ‘other’, and through the development of a distinctively “embodied” cinema, Ana’s films explore complex relationships between environments, territories and hybrid histories, pushing the boundaries of our perception. Associations of images, sounds and texts, her works propose a corporeal and subjective experience of being in the world.

Followed by a conversation between Ana and artist Alexander Storey Gordon.

Curated by LUX Scotland

Part of our Artist in Focus: Ana Vaz series, which also includes a presentation by Ana around her upcoming feature film The Voyage Out, Sun 3:30pm

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Event: Film and Discussion

Director: Ana Vaz

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 5.45pm

Location: CCA Cinema

Cemetery

Carlos Casas’ deeply sensory film Cemetery follows an elephant, a mahout and the poachers in their pursuit as they move toward the mythical place known as the elephant graveyard. As the journey transitions from the jungle through stages of death, images begin to fall away, opening onto a rich sonic landscape.

Ten years in the making, Cemetery weaves together field recordings from around the globe. Finding a striking juncture between nature documentary, experimental film, road movie and soundscape, the film opens up questions about life cycles and memory, colonialism and extinction, conservation and the environment and interspecies relationships.

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

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Event: Film

Director: Carlos Casas

Year: 2019

Country: France, UK, Poland, Uzbekistan

Date: Sunday 27 October

Time: 5.30pm

Running Time: 85m

Location: CCA Cinema

Chão

Made over a period of four years, Chão documents the lives of a group of landless workers in the Brazilian state of Goiás. Since 2015, the workers have occupied a portion of a factory site and demanded land reform. The film provides insights into the group’s everyday routine, divided between tilling the land, political activism and talk of what a better future might look like – delving into the microstructures of local political action and life in the resistance.

It was only recently that Jair Bolsonaro, the new president of Brazil, added the landless to the list of enemies of the nation and called on landowners to take up arms to defend their property.

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

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Event: Film

Director: Camila Freitas

Year: 2019

Country: Brazil

Date: Friday 25 October

Time: 2.00pm

Running Time: 112m

Location: CCA Theatre

Closing Film: Fifth Cinema

Document is excited to present the European Premiere of Nguyen Trinh Thi’s Fifth Cinema, introduced by Dr Philippa Lovatt.

Fifth Cinema begins with a quiet statement: “I am a filmmaker, as you know.” That text and what follows, by Maori filmmaker Barry Barclay, who coined the term ‘Fourth Cinema’ to distinguish Indigenous cinema from the established ‘First, Second, and Third Cinema’ framework, provides structure to Nguyen’s hybrid essay film that moves on multiple cinematic and topical terrains. Eschewing voice in favour of the written word and juxtaposing moving images of the filmmaker’s own daughter with archival images of Vietnamese women seen through the lens of the “ship’s officers”, the film slowly leads the viewer through a narrative of colonialism, indigeneity and cinematic limitations in representation.

Before we head into the last screening of Document 2019, we invite ticket holders to join us for a drink in CCA’s Atrium from 19.15, generously sponsored by Drygate Brewing Co.

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Event: Film

Director: Nguyen Trinh Thi

Year: 2018

Country: Vietnam

Date: Sunday 27 October

Time: 8.00pm

Running Time: 56m

Location: CCA Theatre

Critical Forum: Collaborative Research and/as Creative Practice – Storytelling through Filmmaking and Curation

Free but ticketed

This year’s Critical Forum focuses on research and/as creative and collaborative practice. Researchers who are also filmmakers and curators, who worked on stories that interrogate local and global issues, will share their experience and reflections on making or curating films on human rights. Join us for a discussion on storytelling, ethics and the challenges of getting projects off the ground.

The event will start with an illustrated talk and work in progress showcase of Freedom to Run, a running and cultural exchange project and documentary focusing on the restrictions on freedom of movement that Palestinians face by running marathons in Palestine and Scotland. The presentation is led by Cairsti Russell (PhD candidate, University of Glasgow) and will include exclusive clips and stories behind the making of the film.

This will be followed by short presentations and a panel discussion on collaborative, participatory filmmaking, curation and research with Oisin Kealy (PhD candidate, University of Glasgow, exploring Human Rights Film Festivals in the Global South), Ian McDonald (documentary filmmaker and Reader in Film Practice at Newcastle University) and Lucy Parker (documentary filmmaker and Senior Lecturer at Kingston University London).

Facilitated by Alexandra Colta. Supported by Research Collaborative Award, College of Arts, University of Glasgow

Lucy Parker’s film, Solidarity, will be screened on Friday 25 October at 8.15pm in CCA Theatre.

Ian McDonald’s film, Who Is Europe? will be screened on Sunday 27 October at 5.30pm in CCA Theatre.

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Event: Workshop

Date: Friday 25 October

Time: 2.00pm

Running Time: 3hrs

Location: CCA Cinema

DOCMA Workshop + Screening

Workshop: Wed 23 October, 7pm, CCA Clubroom – ticketed
Please note the originally advertised screening has been cancelled. The DOCMA films will now be shown before Ai Weiwei’s The Rest, Sunday 27/10 from 12.45pm

A DOCMA is a 5-minute documentary film made by 5 filmmakers in 5 different documentary styles. It’s a collaborative exercise designed to allow us to make documentaries together and get our creative juices flowing.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 23 October at 7pm in CCA Clubroom. Teams will be formed, roles allocated and rules explained. You’ll have two days to complete your own bit of documentary magic to be screened to fellow participants and friends on the final day of Document. Completed films will be added to the ever-growing online DOCMA archive. Whether you’re a seasoned filmmaker or just curious to try it out, all you need to participate is access to something to shoot and edit on, no matter how basic. A smartphone will do just fine.

The results will screen on Sunday 27 October at 12.45pm before Ai Weiwei’s The Rest.

Please note: participation in the workshop is ticketed. Audiences curious to see the results can come along to the Sunday screening for free.

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Event: Workshop and Screening

Date: Wednesday 23 October

Time: 7.00pm

Location: CCA Clubroom

DOCUMENT & STEREO present: DJ Firmeza (Principe Discos) / Rita Maia / Sarra Wild | Lisbon Beat After Party

RRRRRR! Dress to sweat and dance ‘till you drop with DJ sets from Lisbon Beat co-director and DJ Rita Maia and Príncipe Discos artist DJ Firmeza.

Rita Maia’s sets trace a path through a vibrant range of dance musics from across the world, with a focus on the influences of African sounds and Afro-Futurism; whilst Firmeza’s sound has hit new heights with the release of his new EP, Ardeu, which finds the artist delivering improvised “animação” vocals over his own hypnotic takes on kuduro and batida, as well as more abstracted explorations into percussive techno – or as Boomkat Records put it, “producing a form of mutant, minimalist techno, that counts as some of the most irresistible dance music on the planet right now.”

Sarra Wild is a DJ, promotor, and co-founder of the Glaswegian night club and collective, OH141. Her sets are always unapologetic, exciting and bold – reflecting an artist whose mission is to create and facilitate spaces where women, people of colour and members of the LGBTQ+ community can have fun and feel safe and accepted.

Stereo, Glasgow – Doors 11pm,
£8(£5 concessions)

Please note, Stereo’s club space is accessible by stairs only. Please contact us if you need any advice before booking.

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Event: Club Night

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 11.00pm

Location: Stereo Cafe Bar

Environmental Justice in Latin America – Panel Discussion

Join us for an informal, long-form panel discussion with experts in the field exploring issues stemming from the movement for environmental justice in Latin America – touching on the discourse around land rights, indigineity, colonial pathologies, and strategies of resistance.

With the destruction of the Amazon rainforest currently raising awareness of the relationship between neoliberal capitalism, climate breakdown and mass displacement, we aim to take a deeper dive into the histories and contemporary reflections of extractive practises and policies in the region and what they mean on a local and global scale.

And with 2019 designated the international Year of Indigenous Languages, we also look to explore the agency and centrality of indigenous peoples in shaping the struggle for environmental and human rights, and ways we can all look to ally in the fight.

The discussion will be chaired by Dr Julie Gibbings, Lecturer in the History of the Americas at the University of Edinburgh, and panelists include Dr Tatiana Heise, Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Glasgow.

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Event: Panel Discussion

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 1.45pm

Location: CCA Cinema

Fordlandia Malaise + Sour Lake

A film about the memory and the present of Fordlandia, the company town founded by Henry Ford in the Amazon rain forest in 1928. His aim was to break the British rubber monopoly and produce this material in Brazil for his car production in the United States. Today, the remains of construction testify to the scale of the failure of this neocolonialist endeavor that lasted less than a decade.

Today, Fordlandia is a space suspended between times, between the 20th and 21st centuries, between utopia and dystopia, between visibility and invisibility: architectural buildings of steel, glass, and masonry still remain in use while traces of indigenous life left no marks on the ground.

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

*Content warning: The opening passage of Fordlandia Malaise contains strobe lighting

Sour Lake

Andrés Dávila | 2019 | Colombia, Ecuador | 15mins

Inspired by the name of a Texas oil city, Sour Lake was the name given by Texaco in the 1960s to a small town recast in the Ecuadorian jungle, known in Spanish as Lago Agrio. This name gives origin to the framework from which the short film was made, shot from the surroundings of this city to the Colombian Andes, where the vegetation of the jungle begins to fuse with the mountains.

These geographical sites – connected with each other for centuries – are crossed by numerous economic, ecological, political and territorial issues that arose since the sixteenth century, when the Spanish conquistadors explored them in search for El Dorado. It is from these geographical, social and imaginary confluences that Sour Lake interrogates the relationship between these territories and their inhabitants.

 

Presented in collaboration with IberoDocs

 

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Event: Film

Director: Susana de Sousa Dias

Year: 2019

Country: Portugal, Brazil

Date: Sunday 27 October

Time: 1.30pm

Running Time: 40m

Location: CCA Cinema

Honeyland

Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city – a mere four hours’ walk away. Hatidze’s peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Hatidze optimistically meets the promise of change with an open heart, it doesn’t take long however, before a conflict evolves that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability.

Followed by a conversation hosted by Femspectives.

Co-presented by Femspectives

Supported by Oxfam

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Event: Film

Director: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov

Year: 2019

Country: Macedonia

Date: Friday 25 October

Time: 8.00pm

Running Time: 85m

Location: CCA Cinema

Kime Ani (audio documentary)

Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 October
All Day
Unticketed

Kime Ani, in the Tahltan language, means ‘home coming’ or ‘let’s go home’. It is a seven-part electronic work, sampling audio from recordings of three generations of artist Edzi’u’s matriarchs and grandmothers’ stories, recorded as early as 2017 and as late as 30 years ago. Edzi’u’s songs are vessels of history, tradition, and adaptation; a record of Indigenous experience through a contemporary Indigenous lens.

Edzi’u is a mixed race Tahltan and inland Tlingit artist, songwriter and composer. Her songs are an incarnation of her family’s ancient tradition of storytelling, realized by designing sound through vintage and current audio recordings, electronic instruments and the voice.

Kime Ani will be free to listen to throughout the festival weekend at sound stations.

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Event: Audio

Director: Edzi'u

Year: 2018

Country: Canada

Location: CCA Foyer

Labour of Love Take Two: Festival Work and Sustainability

Free and unticketed
Limited space available – entry on first come first served basisIf you’re running, working or volunteering for a film festival or simply interested in what this work entails, join us for an open and honest informal discussion unpacking the working conditions, precariousness and sustainability of festival labour.

This event is a follow-up on the Labour of Love: Festivals Speak Out on Working Conditions organised during Radical Film Network Scotland 1968/2018. One year on, we reflect on the changes, challenges and opportunities in this line of work and how we can work collaboratively to address injustices.

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Event: Discussion

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 11.00am

Running Time: 180m

Location: CCA Creative Lab

Last Night I Saw You Smiling

“We’re used to seeing a house for its roof, windows, and walls. But in the end, as we move out of here, it breaks my heart.” Filmmaker Kavich Neang’s father is one of the hundreds of residents who must leave the iconic White Building in Phnom Penh. This housing block bore witness to a tremendous series of events: the young nation’s Golden Age; a traumatic breakdown under a radical regime; decades of cultural revival centred within its walls; and, the rapid pace of capitalist development that would ultimately lead to its demise. Now the once radiant walls are grey and damaged. Neang, born here in 1987 and raised inside, once dreamed of shooting a fiction film here, but reality overtook his plan. It’s now the location for his first full-length documentary. When demolition comes, it’s all just a memory.

Co-presented by Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

 

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Event: Film

Director: Kavich Neang

Year: 2019

Country: Cambodia / France

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 3.45pm

Running Time: 75m

Location: CCA Cinema

Lisbon Beat

Lisbon Beat is an exuberant documentary portrait of a city and its musicians, highlighting the innovative Afro-Portuguese music scene thriving on the outskirts of Lisbon. Cinematographer Vasco Viana and Lisbon-born, London-based DJ Rita Maia depict a vibrant community of musicians and producers from diverse backgrounds each establishing their relationship to this complex city.

Followed by a Q&A with Director and DJ Rita Maia and Glasgow-based DJ and promotor Sarra Wild.

Presented in collaboration with The Unity Centre and Arika.

Lisbon Beat After Party @ Stereo
Saturday 26 October, doors 11pm
£8(5) on the door

RRRRRR! Dress to sweat and dance ‘till you drop with DJ sets from Lisbon Beat co-director and DJ Rita Maia and Príncipe Discos artist DJ Firmeza.

Full details: Lisbon Beat After Party @ Stereo

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Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

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Event: Film

Director: Rita Maia, Vasco Viana

Year: 2019

Country: Portugal

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 3.00pm

Running Time: 75m

Location: CCA Theatre

Lovemobil

When night falls in rural Germany, old VW caravans decorated with flashy lights line the highway roads which lead through potato fields and dark forests. Inside these buses, sex workers await their clients who are passing by. Lovemobil spends time with these women who often come from far away. A film about a microcosm that describes a society at the outer edge of globalized capitalism.

Please note this screening was originally advertised as being followed by a discussion on sex workers’ rights and migration; however this is no longer going ahead and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Supported by Goethe-Institute.

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Event: Film

Director: Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss

Year: 2019

Country: Germany

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 12.15pm

Running Time: 105m

Location: CCA Theatre

Mental Health Focus: Haydee and the Flying Fish

Haydee has been seeking justice for victims of human rights violations for 40 years, but today she faces her most intimate battle, the end of a long trial that condemns her torturers, the murderers of the son she carried in her womb. Along the way, health problems will bring back memories of her darkest days.

The film will be followed by a discussion on the representation of trauma in cinema. Participants include Dr Leshu Torchin from University of St Andrews Department of Film Studies , Fiona Crombie of Freedom from Torture / Freedom from Torture – Glasgow group, and Dr Alison Hauenstein Swan and Dr Kirsten Atherton from the Glasgow Psychological Trauma Service.

EUROPEAN PREMIERE

This screening will be captioned for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences and the post-film discussion will be BSL interpreted.
Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

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Event: Film

Director: Pachi Bustos

Year: 2019

Country: Chile

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 5.30pm

Running Time: 75m

Location: CCA Theatre

Mothers of the Land & Mass Seed Deposit with Glasgow Seed Library

Mothers of the Land is an indigenous made film accompanying five women from the Andean highlands of Peru in their daily struggle to maintain a traditional and organic way of working the land.

Peru is predicted to be among the three countries most affected by climate change. Farmers in the region use both traditional and modern agricultural techniques to maximize clean energy and combat extreme changes in weather.

Followed by a workshop with Glasgow Seed Library. Bring your saved seeds for a Mass Seed Deposit, hear from people passionate about seed saving and pick up some skills and techniques. We invite everyone interested in resilience and food sovereignty to get involved.

UK PREMIERE

This screening will be captioned for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences.
Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

Glasgow Seed Library is a collaborative project, instigated by Glasgow Community Food Network (GCFN) and the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow (CCA). It has been supported by the Gaia Foundation UK Seed Sovereignty Programme.

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Event: Film

Director: Álvaro & Diego Sarmiento

Year: 2019

Country: Peru

Date: Friday 25 October

Time: 4.30pm

Running Time: 74m

Location: CCA Theatre

Opening Event: Jay Bernard – Surge

In 1981 a fire broke out at a house in New Cross. Thirteen young black people died and the political events that followed would have a dramatic effect on our understanding of what it means to be Black and British.

Inspired by that story, Surge is a poetic exploration of what came after – the resistance, activism and changing notions of the state, the body and the city, narrated by the ghosts of the fire. Rooted in the area’s local history, this is a show that imaginatively blends the personal and the political, tracing a line from Thatcherism, the colour bar and the National Front to our current age of Brexit, Grenfell and May.

Join Jay Bernard, winner of the 2017 Ted Hughes Award, as they explore this important history using poetry, archive film and audio.

Produced by Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions.

Followed by a conversation with Jay about their work and the themes explored.

14+ accompanied by an adult.

Before the performance, join us for a drink at our opening reception, from 18.45 in the CCA Atrium, generously sponsored by Drygate Brewing Co.

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Date: Thursday 24 October

Time: 7.30pm

Running Time: 150m

Location: CCA Theatre

Our Voice of Earth, Memory and Future

This digital restoration of Marta Rodríguez’ and Jorge Silva’s 1981 feature honours an important work of Latin American political cinema, one that doesn’t posit indigenous culture in romantic contrast to modernity, but rather recognizes in it an aesthetic of resistance.

The dominant subject of Rodríguez and Silva’s films is the centuries-long oppression of farmers and indigenous peoples in Colombia, and their equally long resistance. Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro is a film that would not exist without the critical participation of the indigenous farmers of Coconuco. Images no longer function as argumentative proof for eyewitness accounts, but rather form a tightly woven system of signs: furrows in the landscape, the backs of animals, the gestures of monuments, the myths and masks of the people and the breath that brings musical instruments to life.

UK PREMIERE (RESTORATION)

Presented in collaboration with IberoDocs

This screening will be captioned for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences.
Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

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Event: Film

Director: Marta Rodríguez, Jorge Silva

Year: 1981

Country: Colombia

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 8.00pm

Running Time: 105m

Location: CCA Theatre

Present. Perfect.

The Western circuit of vloggers and YouTubers is dwarfed by live-streaming in China, which in a short time has become an industry worth billions. More than 422 million Chinese regularly shared streamed films in 2017. The strange and extreme are especially popular: a boy who eats live worms or two wrestlers dipped in wet paint. Viewers comment in the form of ‘bullets’ and reward the ‘anchors’ with virtual gifts that can be cashed in the real world.

Artist Zhu Shengze spent ten months following anchors with more marginal followings, editing more than 800 hours of footage to fashion a collective portrait of a generation for whom the online and offline worlds are tightly interwoven.

Supported by the Confucius Institute

SCOTTISH PREMIERE

 

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Event: Film

Director: Zhu Shengze

Year: 2019

Country: USA, Hong Kong

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 8.00pm

Running Time: 124min

Location: CCA Cinema

Solidarity

Blacklisting in the UK construction industry impacted thousands of workers who were labelled ‘troublemakers’ for speaking out and secretively denied employment. Activists uncovered alarming links between workplace blacklisting and undercover policing. Solidarity attentively follows meetings between activists and law students, brought together for the film, revealing the determination of a community working together to find a route to justice.

Followed by a conversation with filmmaker Lucy Parker and guests.

Presented by LUX Scotland

Supported by Unite

This screening will be captioned for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences and the post-film discussion will be BSL interpreted.
Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network,
and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

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Event: Film

Director: Lucy Parker

Year: 2019

Country: UK

Date: Friday 25 October

Time: 8.15pm

Running Time: 76m

Location: CCA Theatre

SUPERLUX Seminar with Kate Parker

Booking via Eventbrite
Free for SUPERLUX Members

Join Kate Parker who will present an overview of her work as part of City Projects, a visual arts organisation that commissions and produces Artists’ Moving Image projects with artists which respond critically to their social and political context.

Recent projects include Solidarity by Lucy Parker, a film about blacklisting in the construction industry, that is being screened in Glasgow on Friday 25 October as part of Document. Kate will talk in detail about the development, production and distribution plans of Solidarity (2019).

Earlier this year City Projects published The Politics of Production, a report written by artist Dan Ward which critically examines the current conditions for production of Artists’ Moving Image. Kate will talk about her motivations for publishing it alongside an accompanying text that she wrote in 2016, The Conditions for Artists; Moving Image Production in London Today.

Participants are encouraged to read both texts in advance of the seminar.

City Projects was formed in 2003 and is run by its voluntary management committee  Fani Arampatzidou (chair), Kate Parker (secretary), Louise Shelley (treasurer) Rabz Lansiquot and Taylor Le Melle.

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Event: Seminar

Date: Sunday 27 October

Time: 12.30pm

Running Time: 90m

Location: CCA Clubroom

The Rest

Ai Weiwei’s newest is a film about refugees who fled war and persecution and arrived in Europe, the world’s bastion of human rights, yet have not found the safe havens of their dreams. Instead, they now live in limbo within a disintegrating humanitarian aid system, no longer the center of media attention, yet unable to move forward with their lives. The Rest is not only an accumulation of refugees’ stories but also a mirror of the European political zeitgeist, demonstrating how pan-European values of liberalism and democracy have largely failed in practice and betrayed those most in need of help.

Supported by Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

This screening will be preceded by a screening of short films made following our DOCMA workshop on Wednesday 23/10. For more details, see the event page.

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Event: Film

Director: Ai Weiwei

Year: 2018

Country: China, Germany

Date: Sunday 27 October

Time: 12.45pm

Running Time: 78m

Location: CCA Theatre

Truambi: Land, Memory and Indigeneity

Indigenous filmmakers craft complex productions engaging with ideas around belonging, identity and territoriality. This programme of short film productions, all directed by Indigenous artists, offers a glimpse of the diversity of contemporary Latin American Indigenous film, exercising the right to self-representation and projecting narratives of migration, cultural memory, and environmental knowledge.  The programme takes its name from a thirty-minute documentary featured in the programme, directed by Embera filmmaker Mileidy Orozco Domicó. Truambi, lullaby in English, captures the initiation of a young girl into the homeland of her mother and her extended family. By way of the journey and the young child’s contact with nature and her relatives, the film invites us to question the categories and characteristics associated with indigeneity.

Viewed together, these works initiate a reflection on the thorny constitution of Indigenous film as a category, demonstrating a wide range of experiences and drawing attention to the power of audiovisual storytelling to unsettle dominant colonial narratives of indigeneity.

Join us for this exciting Latin American programme and see for yourselves the vitality of new cinematic languages from the region.

 

Curated by Dr Charlotte Gleghorn, Lecturer in Latin American Film Studies, Edinburgh University & followed by a conversation with filmmaker and screenwriter Armando Bautista. 

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Event: Film

Director: Various

Date: Sunday 27 October

Time: 3.15pm

Location: CCA Theatre

Voices of Resistance: Performing the Communal

These five short documentaries each look at a particular community’s shared histories and realities, through collaborative and performative expressions and explorations.

We open with Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold’s Black Bus Stop, a powerful, chanting tribute to an iconic gathering place for black students at the University of Virginia in the 1980s and 90s. In Cloud Forest by Eliane Bots five girls guide us through their own imaginations and impressions of their parents’ experiences of the war in the former Yugoslavia. We move to Chongqing in China for David Verbeek’s Trapped in the City of a Thousand Mountains, looking at the subculture of Chinese rap as a radical artistic expression for young people living in a surveillance state. Voices of Kidnapping by Ryan McKenna is a collection of radio broadcast recordings of family members reaching out to loved ones kidnapped in the Amazon jungle, set against abstract visuals of Colombian landscapes. We conclude with Rise by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, in which people from African and Caribbean descent perform in Toronto’s subway stations to reflect on their identities, creating cultural dialogue through words and rhythm.

This programme is curated and co-presented by Glasgow Short Film Festival.

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Event: Film

Director: Various

Year: Various

Country: Various

Date: Friday 25 October

Time: 6.00pm

Running Time: 100m

Location: CCA Cinema

Who is Europe?

Who Is Europe? is a documentary in three acts, commissioned by CoHERE. Shot in Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Serbia and the UK the film questions what Europe is, who ‘belongs’, and what the significance of the past is for contemporary social and political realities. It uses a split-screen technique to explore contrasts and dissonances through a poetics of juxtaposition that highlights the tensions between and contests over the different cultures, experiences and understandings of Europe today.

Followed by an in-conversation event touching on European identity, media representation of migration, and the border zone with filmmaker Ian McDonald, Teresa Piacentini (University of Glasgow), researcher, teacher and activist and Pinar Aksu, human rights activist and Development Officer at Maryhill Integration Network.

This screening will be captioned for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences and the post-film discussion will be BSL interpreted.
Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

Info

Event: Film

Director: Ian McDonald

Year: 2018

Country: UK

Date: Sunday 27 October

Time: 5.30pm

Running Time: 58m

Location: CCA Theatre