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The Eagle & the Tortoise
IDFA 2022

The Eagle & the Tortoise

Sister Sylvester
Netherlands, United States
2021
70 min
International Premiere
Festival history

Sister Sylvester is the author and storyteller of The Eagle and the Tortoise, a book she made for collective reading. This performance with live music and film traces the history of the aerial view, in documentary, journalism and art.

The narrative follows the story of  a young woman from Turkey, a militant activist, an icon of Leftist resistance, and a proxy fighter in the US war against ISIS. Audience members read parts of the book themselves while following stage directions that result in changes to the lighting and sound. This extraordinary approach to storytelling sheds light—literally and figuratively—on a little-known story.

Credits
Director
    Sister Sylvester
    Sister Sylvester
Cinematography
    Onur Karaoğlu,
    Sister Sylvester,
    Nathan Saucier
    Onur Karaoğlu,
    Sister Sylvester,
    Nathan Saucier
Created by
    Sister Sylvester
    Sister Sylvester
Screenplay
    Sister Sylvester
    Sister Sylvester
Designer
Sound Design
    Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
    Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste

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