Shorts: Body as Archive

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History leaves scars. In these four inspiring works, bodies act as archives: holding memories, keeping traditions and harbouring the seeds of change. Refusing erasure, the protagonists of these films use dance, language, song and poetry to keep their cultures alive.
Perfected Grammar
Andrea Suwito / Hungary, Portugal, Belgium, Indonesia / 2024 / 11 / World Premiere
Through language lessons with her mother, a daughter learns more about her Indonesian roots, her mother’s painful journey, and her longing for a place to call home.

fawns of the city
Jamal Sterrett, Otis Mensah / UK / 2024 / 2 / World Premiere
A poetic-sonic expression from Sheffield-based artist Otis Mensah and performer Jamal Sterrett that explores diasporic-bonding, friendship and our many delicate states of home.
 
The Backstreet
Romain Beck / UK / 2024 / 29 / World Premiere
An intimate exploration of four decades of desire, community, love and loss through the eyes of regulars at The Backstreet, an iconic London gay leather club.
 
Dancing Palestine
Lamees AlMakkawy / UK / 2024 / 37 / World Premiere
In a culture continually threatened with erasure, dancing the dabke, the traditional folk dance of Palestine, becomes an essential form of resistance for young Palestinians.

In this show

Film Intro
5 mins
Perfected Grammar
11 mins
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fawns of the city
2 mins
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The Backstreet
29 mins
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Dancing Palestine
37 mins
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Film Q&A
30 mins

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Shorts: Body as Archive + Q&A
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Showroom - Bertha DocHouse Screen 3
Q&A with directors Andrea Suwito, Romain Beck, Lamees AlMakkawy, Jamal Sterrett & Otis Mensah.
Shorts: Body as Archive + Q&A
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Curzon - Screen 2
Q&A with directors Andrea Suwito, Romain Beck, Lamees AlMakkawy, Jamal Sterrett & Otis Mensah.

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