AFK | Screenings

Measured by Some in Seasons

Felippe Mussel , Diana Vidrascu , Nour Ouayda
Curated by: Jaclyn Quaresma
Gradient of abstract shapes featuring blue to brown to orange colours. The letters “LA” appear in thick handwriting.
A landscape of a large body of water and surrounding terrain, a small building seen in the distance. There are red abstract shapes superimposed on top of the image toward the bottom.

Espectro Restauración

Felippe Mussel
Brazil | 2022 | VIDEO HD | 8 MIN | Spanish with English translation

The sound spectrogram of a fire in the Pantanal forest, a biome constantly suffering from its exploitation by agribusiness in South America. To fight the fire, the film evokes the phrase “La naturaleza tiene derecho a la restauración,” an excerpt from the Ecuadorian Constitution that, based on indigenous precepts, gave Nature (“Pacha Mama”) a legal status with equal rights to those of human beings.

Innis Town Hall

2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5

Sidewalk-level entrance, elevator and ramp available, door width 32 inches, no automatic doors. No accessible parking on-site. Four wheelchair accessible seats in the cinema. 15 step-free seats in row 9. Accessible gender-neutral washroom located on the 2nd and 3rd floor.

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COVID-19 Policy

Images Festival is committed to providing an accessible festival and continues to work to reduce barriers to participation at our events. This year, we are implementing a COVID-19 policy to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission for all, and to prioritize the participation of people who are disability-identified, immunocompromised, or part of an otherwise vulnerable group.

The following guidelines will be in place: Self-Assessment: We ask that staff and participants screen themselves for COVID-19 before visiting the exhibition.

This film program considers the more-than-human rhythms that sustain all life on this planet, including our own. At times ominous, and others humorous, spiritual, and tender, the videos in Measured by Some in Seasons invite the audience to become tangled in nature’s timeline, placing oneself and their community within a greater shared web of ecosystems that are our vital, relational partners.  

Espectro Restauración (Spectrum Restoration) is a spectrogram created by filmmaker and sound designer Felippe Mussel. In this work, he invokes Article 72 of the Ecuadorian Constitution—Nature has the right to restoration—in defense of the Pantanal. The Pantanal is the world's largest tropical wetland area, and the world's largest flooded grasslands. Its flood cycle, colloquially known as the flood pulse, is essential to all life in the region. It has recently been altered by the fires spurred by agribusiness in the highlands and by climate change. As we see and hear the sounds captured by the spectrogram, one is reminded that the Pantanal has diminished by over 20% as a result of these environmental pressures. Restoring the region, and its flood pulse, may take decades, if not centuries of concerted effort. A process made even more challenging given that this right to restoration is not afforded by the constitutions of the nations that claim the Pantanal: Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

Using Kodak Aerochrome infrared-capturing film, a matte technique, and an Oxberry optical printer, Diana Vidrascu formally meditates on the overlay of spiritual, cultural, and scientific knowledge that underpins Azorean culture. Centring Portugal's volcanic islands in the mid-Atlantic, The Azores, Vulcão: O Que Sonha um Lago? (Volcano: What Does a Lake Dream?) mimics and reinforces the seismic rhythms that create, alter, and eliminate life and land in the area, while also calling into question ideas of land ownership and the plausibility of the nation-state. 

Measured by Some in Seasons borrows its name from a line in the final film in this program: Nour Ouayda’s The Secret Garden. Throughout eight acts captured on analogue film, then digitized, two friends investigate the sudden population of their unnamed city by strange lifeforms. Guided by an ancient text, Camelia and Nahla attempt to find the origins of these beings, recounting their findings and cataloging their subjects. Time begins to shift: the deeper Camelia and Nahla fall into their investigation, the more estranged they become from themselves, leaving the audience to wonder: who is really in control? 


Please join us for a conversation with the filmmakers moderated by Jaclyn Quaresma after the screening.

Felippe Mussel

Felippe Mussel is a sound designer and filmmaker based in Rio de Janeiro. He has been responsible for the sound of over 40 Brazilian movies. In 2012, he directed the feature documentary A Place to Take Away. He is also a PhD candidate in Contemporary Art Studies at Universidade Federal Fluminense.

Diana Vidrascu

Diana Vidrascu (Romania) is a filmmaker based in Paris, France. Working with film, photography, and installation, Diana Vidrascu questions the narrative devices of cinema by challenging the limits of

the narrative discourse and codes of the film genres. She debuted as a director in 2017 and her films have screened in international festivals such as: Locarno Film Festival, Berlinale Forum Expanded, IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London Film Festival, Experimenta, and the Chicago International Film Festival.

Nour Ouayda

Nour Ouayda is a filmmaker and film programmer. Her films experiment with various forms of fiction writing in cinema. She is a member of The Camelia Committee with Carine Doumit and Mira Adoumier and part of the editorial committee of the Montreal-based online film journal Hors Champ.

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