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All That Perishes at the Edge of Land

Hira Nabi, 30 min

Pakistan, 2019

All That Perishes at the Edge of Land

A fable from a beach in Pakistan, where old ships sail to be taken apart by casual labourers, who have soon had enough.

Old cargo ships sail to the Gadani beach in Pakistan to die. Here, they are chopped up and welded to pieces by casual labourers, who risk their lives and have often left their families to earn a miserable salary. The container ship Ocean Master arrives to meet its fate and begins a stoic monologue: 'There are no conclusions, there is only progress.' The local workers disagree. Their conditions are miserable, their government is corrupt, the future is hopeless and capitalism is the root of all evil. Hira Nabi's fable is an imaginative but all the more scathing critique of it all. Like a blind spot in any conversation about the 'post-industrialized world', the spectacular but ultimately terrifying sight of western maritime fossils on the beach can not be ignored. By bringing the ships to life, and by actually listening to the otherwise invisible people who work on dismantling them, Nabi creates a space between the real and the possible, where something new can grow. Screening with 'So Dear, So Lovely' and 'Towards the Sun'.

Director: Hira Nabi
Original Title: All That Perishes at the Edge of Land
Country: Pakistan
Year: 2019
Running time: 30 min
Dialogue: Urdu
Category: Art
Tags: ArtistFilm
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Producer: Till Passow
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