A screening of the short film Becoming Alluvium (2019) will precede the film Many Undulating Things (2019)
Many Undulating Things (2019)
Directed by: Bo Wang and Pan Lu
Runtime: 125 min
Country: USA, HK, South Korea
Language: English, Catonese and Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Many Undulating Things is an expansive and meditative film that traces Hong Kong’s complex colonial history. The social and urban transformation of the cosmopolitan city is at the centre of this poetic documentary, which examines the relationships between landscape, nature, urbanisation and society. The film begins and ends in a Hong Kong shopping centre. From concrete, enormous port warehouses, glazed galleries built for universal exhibitions, overpopulated tower blocks, to the fragments of its colonial past, the film questions the role of cities in the globalised capitalist system.
Becoming Alluvium (2019)
Directed by: Thao Nguyen Phan
Runtime: 17 min
Language: French with English subtitles
“Becoming Alluvium is my contemplation on the glory and the tragedy of the Mekong River… my attempt to collect testimonies for the captured sediments and the variety of species that are sacrificed for mankind’s constant seeking of perpetual brightness.”
—Thao Nguyen Phan
Becoming Alluvium is a single-channel colour film that builds on Vietnamese artist Thao Nguyen Phan’s research into the Mekong River and the cultures that it nurtures. Through allegory and using real and imaginary worlds, her work explores the environmental and social changes caused by the expansion of agriculture, overfishing and the economic migration of farmers to urban areas. Going beyond a purely historical or political point of view, the work examines current questions of food security and our ecological responsibility towards agricultural environments.
This screening is part of the Reframe: The (In) Hospitable World programme. For more information and the full lineup including additional screenings, please click here.
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