Is It Me or Is It the World?
Stories of creative resistance to dominant personal, cultural or political forces that seek to control the self; these films treasure artistic beauty, philosophical discourse, diverse sexuality and personal integrity.
Programmed by Helen de Witt | Total running time 69min
Films in this programme
Nigerian actress Esosa E beautifully re-enacts Diana Ross’s role in Mahogany as nostalgic Afro-Futurism.
Dir Akosua Adoma Owusu. USA-Ghana 2018. 3min
Eat the Dust Trilogy: Footnote; Crime Scene; Eat the Dust
Three films made from found footage, video diaries, performance and to-camera discourse. Music and narrative voiceover connect the chapters searching for subjectivity through various existential backdrops; from responses to love with addiction, pain and release, to a detective story set in Jaffa and Tel Aviv, and finally a dance across Europe in search of a happy ending.
Dir Ruth Novaczek. UK 2017-18. 31min
A is for Artist
A young woman discovers her future by looking into her family’s past.
Dir Ayo Akingbade. UK 2018. 4min
Between my Flesh and the World’s Fingers
Reconstructed through Super8 as if it was actual found footage, documents, newspapers and readings, this is the fascinating story of lesbian poet, film pioneer and provocateur Mary MacLane, who in the early 1900s was dubbed the Wild Woman of Butte, Montana. She resisted the categorisation and prejudice of the day through the creation of multiple versions of herself.
Dir Talena Sanders. USA 2018. 31min