THEMATIC SHORTS #3 – DOCUMENTING DISPLACEMENT
5:30PM | LADY OF THE LAKE THEATRE | SAT, JULY 27 | 67m
Personal experiences of the impersonal forces that make us move. There can be a power in finding a new home, but so many things are irrevocably lost when displacement is forced upon you. One thing is for certain… We will never be the same again.
In the midst of the daily encounters and mismatches, the construction of big real estate enterprises modifies the city architecture. Meanwhile, time engraves relentlessly its marks.
A memoir of losing a home in 1930 in Miami, becomes the sister tale to a foreclosure in 2013. Unable to accept the loss of her foreclosed home, the filmmaker’s mother recounts its rooms and features. Photographs and abstractly animated details of the house and its furniture—printed from linoleum blocks directly onto 16mm film––alternate with the memoir of the 1920s, echoing the cyclical nature both of economic booms (and busts) and of trauma.
Through poetic juxtaposition of the virtual landscape of the phone, the calm landscape of the cabin, and the chaotic landscape of memory, the film paints a cruel image of the horror of war, displacement, and separation.
For generations, children have been forced to leave their communities. After losing her sister, Angelina embarks on a healing journey to honour her.
dir. Arshia Shakiba
2018 | Canada | 6 min.
The Guests takes us into a poorly resourced Syrian refugee camp, as the inhabitants try to regain the familiar rhythms of their lives.
In February of 1996, the Lafour dam started to be built in the north of Iran. While the other villagers immigrated to other towns, the old woman could not leave and for 12 years she has waited for a permit to enter the island to visit its only resident.