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Shorts: Bodies of Resistance
How can bodies defy systems of oppression?
A special programme of short films that celebrate bodies as sites of reclamation and dissent. Spanning the realms of documentary, poetry and mythology, the films explore how we can use performance, movement, art and joy to reclaim built, digital and imaginary spaces; resist injustice, and find power in community.
Content notes: Depictions of partial nudity and drug & alcohol consumption, and references to ableism and displacement. Suitable for ages 8+.
(Dorothy Allen-Pickard, UK, 2020, 4min, English)
A sensual and cinematic exploration of the relationship between amputees and their limbs, through interwoven dance and dialogue.
A Way of Breathing
(Brenda Akele Jorde, Germany, 2020, 10min, Persian)
A gentle and intimate portrait of an artist’s reflections on her roots, practice and her need for self-expression.
(Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, USA, 2020, 9min, Niihau Hawaiian)
Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach – and the legendary non-binary spirits within them.
(Aurora Brachman, USA, 2020, 7min, English)
A punchy voyage into the world of a virtual queer dance party, capturing the moments of joy and connection that withstand isolation.
(Lisa Fannen/Monika Smekot/Alison Smith, Scotland, 2021, 4min, BSL/English) Traversing poetry, dance, movement, sign language and film, Affirmation #6 considers what it means to respond to, and be part of, swelling movements for transformation.
All That You Can’t Leave Behind
(Ufuoma Essi, UK, 2019, 14min, English)
An experimental meditation on the relationship between Black women’s collective experience with music, history, and the act of reclamation.
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