T A P E Collective Shorts: The Good Immigrant
The first in a three-part series presented by T A P E Collective, of programmes of short films by mixed heritage filmmakers, around the themes of identity and heritage, exploring othering, belonging and the trouble of melting pots.
The first programme, The Good Immigrant, explores the ‘good immigrant’ trope experienced by refugees, and children of immigrants where acceptance is afforded to those deemed best behaved. The films in the programme offer a look at shaping an identity beyond labels and emergence from generational and ancestral trauma. A panel discussion will follow the screening to explore the overall experience of working with personal themes of identity and belonging, as well as the process.
The films are HOH captioned and the panel is signed live in BSL.
This programme includes the following short films:
Homeland Trilogy (UK, 2017, dir Asena Nour Oyzoyn, 7 min)
A trilogy of short documentaries ('Fatherland', 'Motherland', 'Homeland') mapping out the personal migration stories of the filmmaker's family, as well as a look at a generation of young Muslims in multicultural London
as british as a watermelon (UK, 2021, dir Graham Clayton-Chance, 28 min)
mandla rae has a selective memory and they are scrambling to piece together their life. as british as a watermelon questions what it means to belong through exploring mandla’s fragmented asylum and migration memories.
I Was Told There’s Freedom Here (UK, dir Awate Abdalla, 6min)
A human refugee from another planet describes their family's experiences facing discrimination, gentrification and the violence of British bureaucracy.
Golden Jubilee (UK, 2021, dir Suneil Sanzgiri, 19min)
What is liberation when so much has already been taken? Who has come for more? "Golden Jubilee" is the third film in a series of works by Suneil Sanzgiri about memory, diaspora and decoloniality, takes as its starting point scenes of the filmmaker’s father navigating a virtual rendering of their ancestral home in Goa, India, created using the same technologies of surveillance that mining companies use to map locations for iron ore in the region. A tool for extraction and exploitation becomes a method for preservation. The father, sparked by a memory of an encounter as a child, inhabits the voice of a spirit known locally as Devchar, whose task is to protect the workers, farmers, and the once communal lands of Goa. Protection from what the filmmaker asks? Sanzgiri’s signature blend of 16mm sequences, 3D renders, direct animation, and desktop aesthetics are vividly employed in this lush, and ghostly look at questions of heritage, culture, and the remnants of history.
This is forever (UK, 2021, dir Susy Pena, 11 min)
With dreams of being the best ancestor she can be for her teenage son, Indigenous Bolivian single mother applies for a Visa to remain in the U.K. while embarking on a journey of healing the wounds of her past.
HOME (UK, 2021, dir Ndrika Anyika, 12 min)
Following yet another argument with her mother Miri seeks refuge in her best friend, the beautiful and rebellious Elle. Whilst out meeting some boys, something happens leading Miri to re-evaluate her identity.
Header image: Golden Jubilee (dir Suneil Sanzgiri)
Showing as part of T A P E Collective UK tour
Picture House Presents
Leeds University Union