This programme brings together work by film and art collectives that decentralise the mainstream narrative by providing us with alternative histories, presenting other ways of working and other ways of seeing.
Collectives may well be the future. With their focus on collaboration, interdisciplinarity and the creation of global platforms, they address urgent issues by creating room to experiment, bringing the periphery into the mainstream and opening up space for other perspectives.
Recent work by collectives from around the world is being presented in the cinema. IFFR has commissioned films by three African collectives that will premiere during the festival. There is a screening of The End Will Be Spectacular by the Rojava Film Commune, who had to flee their homeland after the recent Turkish occupation of Northern Syria.
From the UK there is the film Rocks, directed by Sarah Gavron made in very close collaboration with the young protagonists in the film. The Eyeslicer is back with Season 2, again creating a community for American independent filmmakers. The films of The Ummah Chroma (USA/UK) will be shown in the cinema, and IFFR and ‘Het Nieuwe Instituut’ are presenting their exclusive installation: G/D THYSELF: Spirit Strategy On Raising Free Black Children.
Synergetic is also looking to the future. During IFFR, The Collective Space in ‘Het Nieuwe Instituut’ is hosting workshops for young talent, organised together with the Ghetto Film School (Los Angeles, New York and London), the Netherlands Film Academy and Rotterdam based communities, while in the afternoons, The Collective Space is open to the public with special master classes, talks and performances, with the focus on film in the broadest sense.
The line-up will be complete on 18 December.