Films in Experimenta
Films and videos by artists who transform our experience of seeing moving images.
Experimenta special presentation
Dir Shirin Neshat | Germany-Austria-Italy-Lebanon-Quatar
Artist Shirin Neshat creates a multi-layered film-within-a-film about ‘the voice of Egypt’, Oum Kulthum, who was loved by the people and manipulated by politicians.
Read more about Looking for Oum Kulthum
The 61st BFI Film Festival presents a series of Artists’ Moving Image professional development and public events as part of Experimenta, in partnership with LUX and supported by Arts Council England.
Read more about Experimenta Events
Dir-Prod-Scr Benedict Seymour | UK
Benedict Seymour’s experimental feature is an urgent, engaging journey into the London riots and our current political situation via imagery from dystopian science fiction.
Read more about Dead the Ends
Dir Andrea Luka Zimmerman | UK
Investigative portrait of famous Vietnam vet, ‘Bo’ Gritz, the inspiration for Rambo, that exposes the complexities of how America creates its own reality.
Read more about Erase and Forget
Dir-Scr-Prod Narimane Mari | France-Greece-Germany-Qatar
A powerful meditation on colonial power and its legacy, from Algerian filmmaker Narimane Mari.
Read more about Le Fort des fous
Dir Isaac Julien | UK-Tunisia-Martinique
World premiere of the new digitally-remastered 2K version of Isaac Julien and Mark Nash’s celebrated experimental documentary about the Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist and revolutionary.
Read more about Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask
Dir-Prod-Scr Moyra Davey | USA
Inspired by the work of Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman, this personal essay film reflects on the value of a life lived versus a life recorded.
Read more about Hemlock Forest
Dir-Prod-Scr Anne-Marie Copestake | UK
Experimental documentary considering the life and work of pioneering holographer Margaret Benyon.
Read more about A Blemished Code
Dir Andrew Kötting | UK
Andrew Kötting returns with an emotionally affecting and politically resonant multi-genre adaptation of Hattie Naylor’s play.
Read more about Lek and the Dogs
Dir-Prod-Scr Chen Zhou | China
Cutting edge artist Chen Zhou fuses documentary, chat apps and Grand Theft Auto to build a mind-bending picture of queer lives on the edge.
Read more about Life Imitation
Dir-Scr-Prod Superflex | Denmark
Superflex create an operatic interpretation of the building of Copenhagen’s famous performance space, one of Europe’s most controversial buildings.
Read more about The Mærsk Opera
Dir Kamal Swaroop | India
An underground Indian classic reaches the UK screen almost 30 years after it was made.
Read more about Om Dar-B-Dar
Dir-Scr Basma Alsharif | France-Palestine-Belgium-Qatar
The Gaza Strip is the starting point for this universal story of heartbreak from Basma Alsharif.
Read more about Ouroboros
Dir-Scr Filipa César | Portugal-Germany-France
Filipa César’s documentary following the rediscovery of the revolutionary cinema of Guinea-Bissau and its role in reclaiming national memory.
Read more about Spell Reel
Dir-Scr Rachel Maclean | UK
Rachel Maclean’s captivating baroque reworking of Pinocchio that exposes modern greed through phallic mockery, plus Gabriel Abrantes’ playful artificial intelligence comedy.
Read more about Spite Your Face
Dir Kevin Jerome Everson | USA
The functioning, or malfunctioning, of US democracy on Election Day 2016 as seen through the operations of polling stations in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Read more about Tonsler Park
Dir-Scr Naeem Mohaiemen | Greece-Germany- UK
The modern migrant experience as expressed through one man’s struggle to survive, trapped in an abandoned airport for a decade.
Read more about Tripoli Cancelled
Short films programmes
A programme of short work that challenges our views of the world and its artefacts, as well as the means through which we experience them.
Read more about Surface Tensions
Landscape and architecture bear witness to melancholia, decay and desire. From politics to folklore, these films map out a collision of tradition and modernity.
Read more about Excavating Loss