Riots, traffic, shopping. Walking, cruising, stopping. Every street is a theatre set awaiting another act. These are radical streets: the street of the artist, the migrant, the performer, the inquirer and the night walker. Sheffield Doc/Fest is pleased to present a parade of rarely seen films portraying revivifying and subversive spectacles of public life from Guangzhou, to Cairo, Los Angeles, to Dakar. In these films the street is not the route, it is the destination.
From early images of workers leaving the factory, to the poetry of city symphonies and urgency of direct cinema the notorious canon of street documentary is a surveying gaze of a privileged flaneur. This collection of works offers a subversive glimpse toward an alternative canon emerging after the moment street production was somewhat democratized with the introduction of portable Bolex film cameras.
As the urban street of today is increasingly commercialized, technologized, surveyed, gentrified and homogenized, each of these films reimagines the street as a public space, as a locus to navigate and negotiate of ownership, ideology and the right to exist through through play, power, protest, perusal and performance. Unfamiliar images glow with radical sensibilities, subjective looking and tangents into worlds rarely seen.
The compilation of short films in the Electric Avenues programme, looks forward after looking back, exhibiting visions of the streets transitioning from the cinema with a human point of view to the digitized and algorhytmically analysed experience of machinima. The city symphony of the present is streamed through bluetooth headphones, guided by hypervisible streetviews in a driverless uber.
Electric Avenues Shorts 1
Fri 8 June //13:45 // Showroom Cinema 1 //£10 (£8 concessions)
Secrets from the Street: No Disclosure USA 1980 Dir. Martha Rosler 12 min
Black Film Yugoslavia 1971 Dir. Zelimir Zilnik 14 min
In Order Not to Be Here USA 2002 Dir. Deborah Stratman 33 min
Electric Avenues Shorts 2
Mon 11 June //19:00 // The Light Cinema 3 //£10 (£8 concessions)
Moor Mother Live in London UK 2017 Dir. Sonny Jake 8 min
Mobile Men Thailand 2008 Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul 3 min
Sto Lat France 1986 Dir. Pengau Nengo 21 min
City of Contrasts Senegal 1969 Dir. Djibril Diop Mambéty 22 min
My White Baby Ghana 2009 Dir. Akosua Adoma Owusu 22 min
Many Thousands Gone Brazil 2015 Dir. Ephraim Asili 7 min
IFO (Identified Flying Object) USA 2017 Dir. Kevin Jerome Everson 10 min
Liberty City Crawl (Superman II) USA 2017 Dirs. Colleen Flaherty/Matteo Bittanti 12 min
The Strike UK 2018 Dir. Gaika 5 min
Three by Atteyat El-Abnoudi
Mon 11 June //09:00 // The Light Cinema 3 //£10 (£8 concessions)
Three films by the esteemed Egyptian director, Atteyat El-Abnoudi whose work is one of few Arab directors to be consistently acclaimed in the Western world, having been awarded numerous prizes for her documentaries, while frequently displeasing the authorities.
Horse of Mud, Sad Song of Touha, The Sandwich
Egypt, 1971-1975, 36 min
Mon 11 June //10:30 // The Light Cinema 3 //£10 (£8 concessions)
Cocorico Monsieur Poulet
Tue 12 June //15:30 // Curzon Cinema 1 //£10 (£8 concessions)
Lam is a peddler of chickens. Having sold everything, he leaves Niamey to restock in the villages of the surroundings. At the wheel of her van, dubbed "Cocorico" because of the noise it makes when it finally starts, Mr. Poulet, assisted by Tallou, set forth into the bush.
A collection of retrospective episodes from Cecile Emeke's Strolling series.
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