Dutch Short Films from IDFA
Short Film Program

Thursday Jul 21, 2016
8:00PMDoors Open and reception sponsored by Stella Artois
8:30PMLive Music by Adesuwa
9:00PMFilms Begin
10:30PMQ&A with filmmakers

VENUE
The Roof of Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts
Clinton Hill
143 Waverly Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205
G to Clinton/Washington

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This Show Presented in Partnership With
Dutch Culture USA
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Stella Artois

These ground-breaking and creative films highlight Dutch shorts from IDFA, the world’s largest doc fest. Presented in Partnership with IDFA and EYE International.


THE FILMS

Ninnoc (Niki Padidar | Netherlands | 19 min.)
Ninnoc doesn’t like cliques. Why do they all have to behave – and look – the same? Ninnoc has big blue eyes, she dances and sings, and she is a strong-willed girl. She can’t describe herself, but if she feels excluded, this is the sound it makes: “Wawawawawawawawa.” Then her hair trembles, she gets a headache and a constant ringing sound in her ears: “Aaaaaaaaahhh.” She didn’t fit in at her old school, and she keeps to herself at the new one. She doesn’t want to join in with those other people, but she’s also afraid of being shut out. “People only see who I appear to be. There are only a couple who know who I am. You can only see what I want you to see, and there’s lots behind that smile that you don’t even know about.” Ninnoc ruminates on the question of what’s “normal” and “different” and “popular” (the quotation marks are hers), and we see her moving around an empty school, in a classroom full of children and in a classroom full of Ninnocs. The film's camerawork and editing echo Ninnoc’s feelings, helping the viewer to understand why such a bright young girl would find some things so difficult.

Calling Ukraine (Jean Counet | Netherlands | 12 min.)
A Skype conversation really brings home the daily struggles of a family living in war-torn eastern Ukraine. An elderly woman in Latvia calls her sister and daughter, who are trying to live normal lives while bombs explode in the background and electricity is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity. The video conversation is intercut with recent footage of residential areas that have been shot to pieces, and photos from a family album that speak of better times and crushed dreams. The sisters share memories of the Christmas cards they sent to one another in the Soviet era. “We wished each other happiness, love and a peaceful sky over our heads. Those words sounded so trivial then, now we’re really beginning to understand their meaning. Having a peaceful sky over your head is so important.” This is the kind of detail that makes war almost tangible. The sister talks about dogs whining so loudly that they start howling, about the paycheck from which “army tax” has been deducted, about grandchildren with nightmares that should be beyond their years, and about a rocket passing overhead while she's on her way to work. The agitated voice of the woman in Ukraine betrays her constant anxiety; her sister on the other end of the line is visibly powerless as she looks for words among the growing despair – a despair that touches us as well.

My Silicone Love (Sophie Dros | Netherlands | 28 min.)
Everard has twelve lifelike dolls. He talks with them, dresses them, has sex with them and loves them as if they are real people. Is he happy with this way of living or does he actually long for a real woman? My Silicone Love shows his every day life in contrast with the fantasy world in which his dolls come alive.

Dereviled (David Haines | Netherlands | 10 min.)
Dereviled (2013) single chanel video. Mobile phone footage of gay and lesbian 'exorcisms' in evangelical churches in the U.S. is reversed and the subsequent phonetic reversal used as the basis for a song text. Phonetic reversal has long been the subject of debate, particularly within the Christian church where subliminal messaging is germane to Satanism. Here the situation is politicized by disarming the ritual, using the reversed text as lyrics for a club anthem. New subliminal messages are inserted which, through their context, take on a political resonance. Mnemonic signs resonate with a pulsing beat, bringing the high camp sound of 1970s disco back to its political roots of queer politics and the Theatre of the Ridiculous.

The Sniper of Kobani (Reber Dosky | Netherlands | 12 min.)
The Sniper of Kobani is a portrait of Haron, a Kurdish fighter who came to the Syrian town of Kobani to end the IS occupation. Haron works as a sniper, amidst the enormous ruins of the city. In his hide-out, he reflects on his hopes and nightmares.

MUSIC

Adesuwa
ADESUWA is a New York based alternative concept led by Denitia Odigie of critically acclaimed underground pop duo, denitia and sene. ADESUWA debuted earlier this year with the immersive 5-song EP ‘Air Light’ co-produced by Denitia and Brad Allen Williams (Jose James, Cory Henry).

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