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Counter-Flows

Oriana, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, 2022

29
June

16
July

Weaving spaces of transit, exchange and ritual, bodies of water conceal gestures of domination and fugitivity, while holding intergenerational memories. With a selection of works of non-fiction, fiction and artist films, this programme highlights personal filmmaking practices, exploring watery spaces where rituals of belonging and ancestry take place. Bodies and language merge in acts of blessing, purification, fugitivity and celebration, counterpointing modes of insurgent and resilient living with more reciprocal forms of togetherness.

These visionary fictions unearth histories of concealment and occupation, notably those of extractive erasure in Latin America and the Pacific, contrasting the overexposure of images with the erosion of political systems. The themed programme Counter-Flows reflects on how we can move from these images and stories, towards more prosperous imaginations and futures.


Curated by Almudena Escobar López and Margarida Mendes

Almudena Escobar López
An independent curator, archivist, and researcher from Galicia, Spain, she is Assistant Professor on Film History, Film Preservation and Collection Management, at the School of Image Arts of the Toronto Metropolitan University. Her work focuses largely on coloniality and artistic practices that propose alternative ways of understanding territoriality. Almudena is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Visual and Cultural Studies program at the University of Rochester. As a guest curator, Almudena has curated and co-curated a number of film and video series which have been presented at Anthology Film Archives, Film Society of Lincoln Center, CineMigrante Argentina, Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá, UnionDocs, ICDOCS, Visual Studies Workshop, Cineteca Nacional de México, among others.

Margarida Mendes
Researcher, curator and educator, she explores the overlap between systems thinking, experimental film, sound practices and ecopedagogy. She creates transdisciplinary forums, exhibitions and experiential works where alternative modes of education and sensing practices may catalyse political imagination and restorative action. She has been long involved in anti-extraction activism and ecopedagogy, collaborating with marine NGOs, Universities and institutions of the art world. She directed several educational and research platforms and was the guest film curator at the 11th Liverpool Biennale.


Full programme

Aequador, Laura Huertas Millán, 2012

Europium, Lisa Rave, 2014

Altépetl, Colectivo Los Ingrávidos, 2013

American Hunger, Ephraim Asili, 2013

The Island of St. Matthews, Kevin Jerome Everson, 2013

Black Beach/Horse/Camp/The Dead/Forces, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, 2014

Deep Sleep, Basma al-Sharif, 2014

Vers les colonies, Miryam Charles, 2016

.TV, G. Anthony Svatek, 2017

Aggregate States of Matters, Rosa Barba, 2019

As If Sand Were Stone…, Ben Mendelsohn, 2019

Atlantique, Mati Diop, 2019

Dengung Hyena, Taloi Havini, 2019

Tierras del Mar, Azucena Losana, 2019

The Mississipi Multiverse, Isabelle Carbonell, 2020

Foreign in a Domestic Sense, Sofía Gallisá Muriente e Natalia Lassalle-Morillo, 2021

A Mirror of the Cosmos, Isabelle Carbonell, 2022

Oriana, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, 2022

Sunflower Siege Engine, Sky Hopinka, 2022












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2023
Hatred

,

1995
O Marinheiro

,

2023
Lar

,

2022
Duas semanas na Batalha (Filme resultado da Oficina de Animação)

,

2024
O Tigre Azul

,

2012
Bushman

,

1971
El auge del humano 3

,

2023
Love Song

,

2023
Que je tombe tout le temps?

,

2013
Pude ver un puma

,

2011
Parsi

,

2018
El auge del humano

,

2016
Lar

,

2022
Buck and the Preacher

,

1972
Near Dark

,

1987
Dog Day Afternoon

,

1975
The Night of the Hunter

,

1955
Tráfico

,

1998
Era uma vez...

,

1950
Mandabi

,

1968
Destiny Deluxe

,

2019
Why Are You Image Plus?

,

2023
Recollections of the Yellow House

,

1989
O Rei das Berlengas

,

1978
Rosetta

,

1999
The Devil Queen

,

1973
Risky Business

,

1983
One from the Heart

,

1981
Tickets [excerpt]

,

2005
Poor Cow

,

1967
The Power of the Dog

,

2006
In the Cut

,

2003
Holy Smoke!

,

1999
The Piano

,

1993
A Fuga

,

1976
Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait

,

2006
The Color of Pomegranates

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Périphérique Nord

,

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Engine

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The Settlers

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,

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,

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,

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,

2008
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,

1999
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,

1996
O Pedido de Emprego

,

2000
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,

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,

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,

1981
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,

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Dragon Inn

,

1967
Too Bad She's Bad

,

1954
Miragem Meus Putos

,

2017
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,

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,

1969
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,

2002
The Girl and the Echo

,

1964
Run Lola Run

,

1998
Eternity and a Day

,

1998
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,

1989
Looking for Eric

,

2009
The Portrait of a Lady

,

1996
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,

2007
The Water Diary

,

2006
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,

2009
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,

1975
Sweetie

,

1989
Two Friends

,

1986
Toute une nuit

,

1982
Remains

,

2002
Code Names

,

2022
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,

2023
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,

2019
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,

2020
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,

1993
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,

2005
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,

2021
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,

1977
The 400 Blows

,

1959
Adoro Ser Livre

,

2023
Vie privée

,

1962
After Hours

,

1984
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,

1983
An Exercise in Discipline: Peel

,

1982
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,

1983
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,

1979
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,

1990
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,

1976
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,

1976
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,

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,

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,

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