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Translations + Voices + Word for Forest

Translations (2018)

Tinne Zenner, 20 min

Greenland, Canada, Denmark | Trailer

All Voices are Mine (2018)

Basir Mahmood, 20 min

Pakistan

Word for Forest (2018)

Pia Rönicke, 22 min

Denmark

Translations + Voices + Word for Forest

Tinne Zenner's 'Translations' (in Greenlandic: 'Nutsigassat') reflects on the power of language as a colonizer of foreign landscapes. A critical and graceful 16mm film in which the vistas of Greenland create a space for free thinking. 'All Voices are Mine' is a remake of a film that was never made in the first place. A dream in broad daylight in which Basir Mahmood assembles his scenes in an elliptical sequence of calm, surreal motifs. Pia Rönicke's new film work 'Word for Forest' registers the movement of a seed from the Botanical Gardens in Copenhagen back to its original home in the Mexican Oaxaca mountains.

Translations

'Translations' (in Greenlandic: 'Nutsigassat') reflects on the power of language as a colonizer of foreign landscapes. The Danish names imposed on Greenland's spaces and landscapes have historically been a part of Denmark's engagement in the vast country in the North. A process, through which the mountains of Sermitsiaq and Kingittorsuaq that surround Nuuk were detached from both their semantic and geographical meaning. But also the physical signs of the fatal interventions of the past are legible in the concrete high-rises that replaced the small communities of the bygds along the coasts which were closed down by the Danish government in the 1960s and 70s. Even the manual mass production of tupilaks (sacred amulettos made of bones and horns) describe a cultural mutation of the mythical figure into a tourist object. Through a complex juxtaposition of text, voice and her beautiful 16mm film imagery, Zenner has created a critical work in which the majestic and vast vistas of Greenland defy the history imposed on them. Screening with 'All Voices are Mine' and 'Word for Forest'.
World Premiere
Director:
Tinne Zenner
Country:
Greenland, Canada, Denmark
Year:
2018
Running time:
20 min
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Producer: Tinne Zenner
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All Voices are Mine

'All Voices are Mine' is a remake of a film that never got made in the first place. A film, for which the Pakistani artist Basir Mahmood's father – a poet and journalist, who described the passage of life in the streets and alleys of Lahore in a local newspaper – had only written a melody, which Basir remembers listening to as a child. The film devotes its poetic attention to a series of scenes and details, which accumulate in an elliptical sequence of calm, dreamlike motifs. A clear dream lit by daylight. The weight of the bodies and the repetitions of the performers' learned movements anchor Mahmood's film in a physical reality, which is both intimate and mythical. A world where everything is possible, and where the story itself grows out of the void between the images. In other words, Mahmood not only works with his imagination. He makes it a co-creator of the work itself. Screening with 'Translations' and 'Word for Forest'.

World Premiere
Director:
Basir Mahmood
Country:
Pakistan
Year:
2018
Running time:
20 min
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Producer: Basir Mahmood
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Word for Forest

Pia Rönicke's latest work 'Word for Forest' documents the transfer of a seed from the Botanical Gardens in Copenhagen to its original habitat in Santiago Comaltepec in the mountains of Oaxaca, where it was collected by the botanist Frederik Liebmann in 1842. The forest in this region has a particularly high biodiversity, and oak trees specific to the region grow alongside pine trees. In Santiago Comaltepec, the forest is looked after by a local community, which has existed here for a long time, but which has not always had the right to manage the land. Both the Spanish colonial power and the Mexican state have previously seized control of the forest. Through 'comunalidad', the forest has been given its own rights, and only dried-out trees can be felled. The film follows the voice of the forest guide Don Filipe, as he alternates talking about the forest in the local Chinanteco language and in Spanish. The film invites us to listen to the small differences in tonality and absorb variations in fern leaves – and to thereby step into a universe that might also show us the way out of the destructive violence of modernism. Screening with 'Translations' and 'All Voices are Mine'.

World Premiere
Director:
Pia Rönicke
Country:
Denmark
Year:
2018
Running time:
22 min

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DOX:ON:TOUR

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Tue. 20/03

18:00

Cinemateket

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