Pathway: Let Me Do the Talking

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    The art of film prides itself in its comprehensive power of hijacking all other arts into its language. In this Pathway, films rely profoundly on words. The experience of watching the film becomes, in part, a literary experience too. Some of these films are based on letters, while others delve into personal journals, diaries, or notebooks to take us into the skin of a person who lived and worked somewhere in time and space. The films in this Pathway invite us to take a deep breath, sit back, and be transported on a journey that is audible and visible, only to be brought back home to the here and now again.

    Films in this Pathway

    Brainstream

    • Caroline Robert
    • 2021

      In this interactive animation, you give a stranger a virtual brain massage. This intimate act evokes a stream of emotions and memories, and offers an original glimpse into the workings of the brain.

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      Buck Fever

      • Griet Goelen, Louise Van Assche
      • 2021

        Hunting is the most normal thing in the world for eight-year-old Emily. She wants to shoot her first deer, and her father and older brother lovingly prepare her for her first attempt.

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        The Burrows

        • Sanshou Hu
        • 2021

          In keeping with tradition, the filmmaker and his family build a tomb for his grandparents. This carefully composed portrait of a village—with scenes of the work, personal memories, and philosophical reflections—is a mirror of existence itself.

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          Dixie

          • Caroline Rumley
          • 2020

            In serene black-and-white, filmmaker Caroline Rumley embarks on a personal quest, digging into her family’s past in the southern states of the U.S. and revealing a disconcerting history. Can she reconcile herself with her roots?

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            Galb’Echaouf

            • Abdessamad El Montassir
            • 2021

              A tragedy took place on a sandy plain scattered with ruins. The people who experienced it don’t want to talk about it. They are as silent as the cacti and the stones—the eternal, mute witnesses to what occurred.

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              Letter to San Zaw Htway

              • Petr Lom
              • 2021

                Deftly edited footage and letter excerpts tell the tragic story of artist and political activist San Zan Htway, and Myanmar in the grip of military juntas.

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                locks & keys, water, trees

                • Penny Andrea
                • 2021

                  A moving journey through the life and mind of artist Penny Andrea, based entirely on her drawings. By studying her sketchbooks, she hopes to learn how a brain tumor shaped both her and her art.

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                  O, Collecting Eggs Despite the Times

                  • Pim Zwier
                  • 2021

                    A fascinating archive film about the oologist Max Schönwetter, who devoted his life to the study of birds’ eggs. He collected 19,206 beautiful specimens, from birds ranging from the tiny warbler to the rhea. In the meantime, WWII was looming.

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                    Our Ark

                    • Deniz Tortum, Kathryn Hamilton
                    • 2021

                      Now that it’s technologically possible, we are trying to record virtually our entire world. In this video essay, Deniz Tortum and Kathryn Hamilton ask complex philosophical questions that are easily overlooked as developments hurtle ever onwards.

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                      Portraits of the Future

                      • Virna Gabriela Molina
                      • 2021

                        A creative and futuristic visual essay in which the Argentinian director, trapped at home during lockdown, connects social issues with a personal investigation of the past and future of her generation.

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                        Terra Femme

                        • Courtney Stephens
                        • 2021

                          Stunningly beautiful found footage edited from the amateur films of women who traveled the world in the first half of the 20th century. Filmmaker Courtney Stephens will perform her accompanying narration live, in the style of an illustrated travel lecture.

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                          Testing Times

                          • Victoria Mapplebeck
                          • 2021

                            A personal but utterly familiar audio experience about the effects of the global pandemic on family life. How did Victoria Mapplebeck and her teenage son get through the pandemic and lockdown, at home and outdoors?

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                            Ultraviolette and the Blood-Spitters Gang

                            • Robin Hunzinger
                            • 2021

                              The passionate letters that a girl called Marcelle wrote to her childhood sweetheart from a sanatorium during the interwar period evoke the image of a rebel, way ahead of her time, who goes her own way with a group of kindred spirits.

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                              The Velvet Queen

                              • Marie Amiguet, Vincent Munier
                              • 2021

                                In the harsh landscape of the Tibetan Highlands, two adventurers go in search of the rare snow leopard. A moving film about a breathtakingly magnificent wilderness, the animals that live in it, and humanity’s lowly position in this hierarchy.

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