poetics of distance

May 25 , 12:00 am

 —  1:30 am

All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Sabrina Ruobing Zhao, Mohammad Shawky Hassan, Grau, Suneil Sanzgiri

 

This program will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Rupali Morzaria.

 

Nini, What Time Is It There?

Sabrina Ruobing Zhao
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
CANADA, 2020, DIGITAL, 33 MIN
MANDARIN/ENGLISH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

 

Two young Chinese women draw themselves into an irreconcilable relationship with each other—one in a small town of Southwestern China, and the other in an old apartment in Toronto.

And on a Different Note

Mohammad Shawky Hassan
EGYPT, 2015, DIGITAL, 24 MIN
ARABIC/ENGLISH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

 

And on a Different Note is a navigation of an attempt to carve out a personal space amid an inescapable sonic shield created primarily by prime time political talk shows, with their indistinguishable, absurd, and at times undecipherable rhetoric/noises. Equally repulsive and addictive, these noises travel across geographies, gradually constituting an integral part of a self-created map of exile.

History of Light

Grau
CANADIAN PREMIERE
USA, 2020, DIGITAL, 7 MIN
ENGLISH

 

A human being vanishes in real time.

 

I began to wonder if I was disappearing. I was afraid of what would be left of me. Close your eyes and pay attention to what your body is doing. The speed of your breath. How would it feel for that breath to leave you? This is being embodied, too.

Letter From Your Far-Off Country

Suneil Sanzgiri
CANADIAN PREMIERE
USA/INDIA, 2020, 16MM>DIGITAL, 18 MIN
ENGLISH/HINDI/URDU (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

 

Drawing upon a rich repository of images—from digital renderings of Kashmir’s mountains to the textured materiality of 16mm hand-processing and direct animations techniques—Letter From Your Far-Off Country maps a hidden vein of shared political commitment and diasporic creative expression, linking a poem by the Kashmiri American writer Agha Shahid Ali with interviews with the filmmaker’s father and a letter addressed to Communist Party leader Prabhakar Sanzgiri, who is also the filmmaker’s distant relative.

 

  • Sabrina (Ruobing) Zhao (b.1996; Sichuan, China) lives between Chengdu, Abu Dhabi, and Toronto. Her films particularly tune into migrating experiences across and within spaces. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University Abu Dhabi, with concentrations in Film & New Media and Literature & Creative Writing (2015-2019; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates). Currently, she is pursuing MFA studies in Film Production at York University (2019-2021; Toronto, Canada). She likes to blend documentary, fiction, and the experimental.

  • Mohammad Shawky Hassan is a filmmaker and video artist living and working between Cairo and Berlin. His films include It Was Related to Me (2011), On a Day like Today (2012), and And on a Different Note (2015), the latter of which premiered at the Berlinale Forum Expanded and was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York as part of its permanent collection.

  • Grau has lived next to two oceans.

  • Suneil Sanzgiri is an Indian American artist, researcher, and filmmaker working to understand how systems of oppression are informed and reinforced by trauma, history, and memory. His work spans experimental video, animations, essays, and installations, and contends with questions of identity, heritage, culture, and diaspora in relationship to structural violence.

  • Rupali Morzaria is a designer and film programmer based in Toronto. In 2018, she set in motion “Sanghum Film”, a film collective dedicated to exploring the world of Indian cinema. Rupali has previously worked with Images Festival, Pleasure Dome, and NANG magazine.

Co-presented with

  • The Poetry Project
  • Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)
  • Prisoner Correspondence Project