The beat goes on, the fire is still burning, the fish floats in the water and then it turns quiet. Six short films explore the relational: gender, class, race, nature-society, and potentially a truly post-colonial setting. We paddle through waters, form connections with the land, the countryside and the city, and sometimes arrive not home but at least to ourselves.
Length: 70 min
Beat Goes On
Beat Goes On is an all-archival, impressionistic portrait of the harm reduction and housing activist Keith Cylar (1958–2004), co-founder of Housing Works and a central figure in the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) NY. A fellow activist recalls that “Keith moved from mixing with the government, to threatening the government, to beating the government—all in the space of five minutes.”
By resurfacing and weaving together archival media of Cylar’s own words and actions, this short video distills some of the personal charisma, political savvy and fearlessness that characterized Cylar’s advocacy.
Commissioned by Visual AIDS for STILL BEGINNING: The 30th Annual Day With(out) Art.
I am a Believer
Two girls are strolling in a desert land, they don’t speak and it’s in listening to the sound coming out of the landscape that they will learn a new language. They will wake up in the middle of roads leading them to burned houses to a flooded village till they will found their own territory.
We will hold an online film talk with Bettina Blanc Panther (I am a Believer in this programme) and Thirza Cuthand (short films Extractions in Shorts 3: From Ancestors to Visions; Less Lethal Fetishes in Shorts 9: Open Access, Subtle Touch) as well as Reclamation in this programme) on the topic of nature-society relations on Sunday, August 15th at 5pm.
After white people leave Earth en masse for Mars, the Indigenous people left behind contemplate their place in healing the world and what happens next.
We will hold an online film talk with Bettina Blanc Panther (I am a Believer in this programme) and Thirza Cuthand (short films Extractions in Shorts 3: From Ancestors to Visions; Less Lethal Fetishes in Shorts 9: Open Access, Subtle Touch) as well as Reclamation in this programme) on the topic of nature-society relations at Sunday, August 15th on 5pm.
Mojana is an associative re-imagining of a Colombian myth and traditional song. A mermaid-monster, who is desired and punished: the man-eating, seductive Mojana. Aggressions against this free and rare spirit are justified by obsessive love and desire. The film denounces the naturalised violence against this mythical female creature and reappropiates her as a symbol of trans-feminine resilience. Kinematic bodies and animal-human hybrids. An absent body, which returns into representation. A history of dissident bodies who resist dying in a necropolitical world.
Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau will be present for a Q&A after the screening.