KING BANSAH AND HIS DAUGHTER + SHORTS
SATURDAY, 23 APRIL 2022
20:00 - 22:00
This screening session features 3 films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Tickets are only 6€ per session, and include a free drink at the Studio Skoop bar afterwards. *All proceeds go to The Bigger Screen, an international organisation supporting independent filmmakers.
PETER, SHIRLEY AND LOUIS (U.K.) BY LOL SARGENT
Synopsis: Peter, Shirley and Louis' is one of a series of portraits of creative families. The film explores the traditional portraiture type pose through the medium of moving image to create cinematic portraits, at the intersection between photography and film. Running time: 00:04:30.
Selections/awards: Golden Short FF, Latitude Film Awards, Amsterdam World IIFF (Best Director), London Shorts, and more.
About the director: Lol has exhibited projection and sound installations as well as fine art installations at various UK and European spaces and events, including London venues; The Air Gallery, The Diorama Arts, The Piccadilly FF at BAFTA, and the International Mystery FF in Venice. He has also created projection works for a number of contemporary dance collaborations performing at The Dance Umbrella London, the Third Eye Centre Glasgow, and at the Berlin Arts Festival. His ‘Procreation: Adam and Eve’ installation was exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale and his short film (moving portrait) 'Peter, Shirley and Louis' was long listed for the 2020 Lumen Prize Digital Art moving image prize.
JADE HELM (U.S.) BY DEBI CORNWALL
Synopsis: Is the U.S. military planning to invade Texas and declare martial law? Headlines about the immersive realistic training exercises staged across the American Southwest in 2015 were expected to fade after a single news cycle. But in the Texas heartland a fearful backlash erupted, and the exercises, called "Jade Helm 15", became a national story with a surprise ending that is still playing out today. How did this happen? Jade Helm is a found-footage documentary short asking what is real, what is fake, and what happens when our institutions fail to help us perceive the difference. Running time: 00:14:45.
About the director: Debi Cornwall is a conceptual documentary artist and emerging filmmaker who returned to visual expression in 2014 after a 12-year career as a civil-rights attorney. Marrying dark humor with structural critique, she employs still and moving images along with testimony and archival materials to examine state-created realities. Jade Helm is her first film.
KING BANSAH AND HIS DAUGHTER (GERMANY) BY AGNES LISA WEGNER
Synopsis: Céphas Bansah is from Ghana and lives in the German city of Ludwigshafen on the Rhine river. In Ghana, he is the king to over 200,000 members of the Ewe, in Ludwigshafen he runs a car shop. His daughter Katharina, whose mother is German, is an artist, feminist, free spirit – and a king's daughter. Both of them feel that the social climate in Germany has changed. They experience racism and hostility. So for the first time after many years, Katharina accompanies her father to Ghana. She wants to find out which role her Ghanaian side is to play in her life – and whether or not she wants to succeed to the throne someday. A film about clichés and roles, expectations, boundaries, definitions of belonging – and challenging all of the above. A film about the search for an inner home. Running time: 01:26:00.
Selections/awards: Hof IFF (The Granit – Hof Documentary Award), Biberacher Filmfestspiele, Filmschau Baden-Württember.