Playing with the illusion of a two-layered scenario, Grada Kilomba created a silent film in which the characters move inside a white space while the artist, outside, gives voice to the images and becomes a contemporary 'Griot', complete with post-colonial urgency. "Sometimes, I feel that I live a space of timelessness," the artist narrates, "in a space where past and present seem to coincide."

To explore this coexistence of times, in which the colonial past seems to interrupt the present and the present is sometimes experienced as if we were in the past, Kilomba restages the myth of Echo and Narcissus using the African oral tradition of storytelling. Narcissus becomes a metaphor for a society which has not resolved its colonial history, taking itself and its own image as the only objects of love. How do we break out of this colonial, patriarchal mould?

The other films show within Frameworks: The Acolytes

Filmmaker
Grada Kilomba
Premiere
-
Country
Germany, Brazil, Portugal
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
35’
Language
English
Producer
Grada Kilomba
Sales
Moses Leo
Writer
Grada Kilomba
Cinematography
Zé de Paiva
Editor
Grada Kilomba
Sound Design
Grada Kilomba
Music
Moses Leo
Cast
Martha Fessehatzion, Moses Leo, Grada Kilomba, Zé de Paiva