World Mirror of Poetry
In our program „World mirror of poetry“ we are travelling around the globe in leaps and contradictions to capture a glimpse of the state of the world and its poetry.
Director - Author: Jana Radičević
Montenegro 2021, 4:31
Video poem “zwei gedichte” are two poems from my first book of poetry “ako kažem može postati istina” (if said, it can become the truth) edited as two-channel projection in Montenegrin with German translation.
Successor of Grass
Director: Mériol Lehmann
Inspired both by Gilles Cyr, a poet from Quebec, and Francis Ponge and his “Parti pris des choses”, “Successor of grass” is the second collaboration between Mériol Lehmann and Sylvain Campeau. The short poetic sequence of the second one encircles the figure of the tree while the camera makes it emerge from its field and its foliage.
Director: Maria Cecilia Reyes
Author: Nesindano Namises aka Ques
“Same Different” is a rare encounter between the Khoekhoegowab language and a still camera. Namibian artist “Ques” keeps us hypnotised with her spoken word while healing the deep-rooted wounds of our colonial past and present. Ques’ voice is our ancestors’ voice enacting pain and oppression, but also hope and wisdom.
Director: Wu Wen-rui, Chuang Ho
Author: Wu Wen-rui
As the cat progresses, his blurred childhood memories become unclouded, step by step. He recalls the everyday life on a Taiwanese traditional farm, where people preserve foods and save seeds, in a cycle of the seasons.
Once I passed
Director: Martin Gerigk
Germany - Serbia - USA 2022, 10:40
In 1925, the original handwritten copy of Walt Whitman’s poem “Once I Passed Through a Populous City” was discovered, in which he writes about an affair with a man. The film pays tribute to this profoundly quiet, yet powerful story of two lovers.
Director - Author: Mona Okulla Obua
Uganda 2021, 2:00
“Omusota” (Luganda for snake) is a visual poem that questions post-colonial views on dark-skinned bodies, elevating the strength and resilience carried by those. It was shot in Kampala, Uganda in 2021 during lockdown and approaches cinepoetry in an intuitive way.
Garden for the Everliving
Director: Juan Alonso
Author: Juan Manuel Roca
“Garden for the Everliving” is a video-poem in homage to Sandra Catalina Vásquez, a 9-year-old girl murdered at the Germania Police Station, in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1993. The video features a poem by Juan Manuel Roca, one of the most important contemporary poets in Colombia, who dedicated it to Sandra Catalina.
Director: Jules van Hulst
Author: Tsead Bruinja
Embodied by a striped sock we see our cardinal point constantly changing in a search for meaning of symbols that blow onto and through us.
Director: Maxime Coton
We are little miracles. Tiny ones, even, who never stop shedding our skins, over and over. The world settles in our sweat. Alone, though, with no memory of what drove us into this life that jealous people claim is ours. Forgotten, skins fall one after another, like caresses that—much moreso than our cells, in truth—create them, these skins, which are neither ours nor those of others, regardless of the energy that we spend, at night, exchanging them.
I lost the way
Director - Author: Panagiotis Rappas
A man full of anxiety and metaphysical anguish who seeks heaven and an eremite poet, who wonders. Images from the poetic universe of Miltos Sachtouris, one of the most important Greek poets of the 20th century. A film by Panagiotis Rappas and original score by Floros Floridis.
america (I wanted to ...)
Director - Author: Matt Mullins
An internal/external consideration of what America is and what being American means, “america (i wanted to…)” is Allen Ginsberg’s poem “America” (from his 1956 collection Howl) re-imagined for the 21st Century.
Mabrak black lightning strike
Director & Author: Lesego Rampolokeng
South Africa 2022, 6:01 min
Taking its inspiration from the Rasta concept of “Mabrak”, that is, black lightning, the straightening of human paths, the quest for revolutionary upheaval towards the liberation of the Fanonian “wretched of the earth” this poem is a celebration of the arts and music, as well as the artists and musicians of social conscience.