T A P E Collective Shorts: Trippin’ Over My Tongue + The Sunday Practise
The second 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.
Whether it’s learning or losing a language, the programme Trippin’ Over My Tongue looks at the barriers raised when the mother tongue isn't as fluent as we want, or the words simply slip away. How do we connect to our when a language has been lost, and who do we turn to to serve as translators or teachers?
This event will be followed by a live poetry and music event The Sunday Practise hosted by Rheima Robinson and West African catering by Hawa Bah.
Taarof: A Verbal Dance (UK, 2018, dir Alannah Olivia, 17min)
A young woman attends the funeral of her estranged father and trips on the customs and traditional ideals of what it is to be an Iranian woman.
On The Threshold Of Liberty (Finland, 1992, dir Heidi Tikka, 12mins)
An examination of a breakdown on one’s own language. It is a record of a personal struggle in trying to construct meaning as an outsider in foreign culture.
Mother’s Apricot Compote (UK, 2020, dir Nia Fekri, 23 min)
A fragmentary narrative of two women whose lives are distant from each other yet hold traces of one another. This film conjures the ghosts that hover over the day to day lives of these two women; a rumination on the experience of the immigrant.
Without Warning (UK, 2020, dir Emily Macrander, 7min)
Without Warning is about a girl who struggles to understand her heritage and identity as a sperm donor baby that grew up not looking like her parents. In an attempt to get to the bottom of ‘where she’s really from’, Ria approaches her Pakistani sperm donor father and hopes to learn more about her heritage through him
Sorry, My Somali is not Very Good (UK, 2020, dir Warda Mohamed, 2min)
A young Somali woman has trouble with her mother tongue and gets the encouragement she needs on a phone call with her father.
I Bit My Tongue (France, 2020, dir Nina Khada, 25min)
Shot in the summer of 2018 and fascinating in terms of ethnography and cinematography, the filmmaker explores her dual cultural heritage and, in particular, the loss of a tool as underlying as language itself. Growing up in France in the 90s with a father who never spoke to her in Algerian meant the director’s link to her roots was broken, all the more considering language’s fundamental role as a way of bringing people together.
Header image: Mother’s Apricot Compote (dir Nia Fekri)
Showing as part of T A P E Collective UK tour
Picture House Presents
Leeds University Union