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Yto Barrada

In the turbulent summer of 1966, the artist’s mother, a 20-year-old Moroccan student-socialist, was one of some 50 'Young African Leaders' invited on a State Department-sponsored propaganda tour of the USA. In this film, Barrada interweaves events of political history with her own family stories and myths. These 'sediments of history' come together here through archives, reports, and journals. The colourful, abstract 16mm stop-motion animation was made with the educational tools that are used for Montessori education.
A Performa 17 commission for Afroglossia, curated by Adrienne Edwards.

Screenings

This film is part of combined programme Ammodo Tiger Short Competition 2

  • Pathé 2
    English subtitles
    Fri 26 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 2
    English subtitles
    Sat 27 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 6
    English subtitles
    Wed 31 Jan Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Yto Barrada
Premiere
World premiere
Country
USA, Morocco
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
35’
Language
English
Producer
Sean Gullette
Sales
Sean Gullette
Cinematography
Steve Cossman
Editor
Maxwell Papparella, Kate Abernathy
Sound Design
Matthew Curry, Filipe Messeder
Cast
voice of Yto Barrada, voice of Sanford Biggers, voice of Allen Frame, voice of Ashley Fure