Sat 09 July / Pálás 2 / 14:15
2018, 2019 & 2021 / Algeria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Morocco & Tunisia / 73 min / Documentary
In the underground spaces of the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) new subway extension, a group of poets, rappers, singers, and musicians negotiate their status as both first- and second-generation Torontonians as well as settlers living on borrowed Indigenous land.
Operatic in nature, this experimental documentary looks at rhythm and poetry as forms of creative labour that constitute contemporary collectivises of diasporic belonging and mixed-cultural dialogue: the call-and response, the recitative, and the cypher.
Swinguerra takes its title from swingueira, a popular dance movement in Northeast Brazil, but with a slight spelling twist that makes the word end in guerra, meaning ‘war’. Swinguerra focuses on three distinct dance styles from the periphery of Recife, swingueira, brega funk and passinho da maloca.
One Hundred Steps (2021)
One Hundred Steps is a film that references the oeuvre of Irish filmmaker Bob Quinn, whose productions in the 1980s were dedicated to deconstructing the hegemonic Eurocentric imagery, and elaborating on the role that North African cultures played in the formation of Irish culture.
The film explores the connection between Irish and North African cultural and musical traditions through shared colonial experiences.
Followed by Q&A with director Benjamin de Burca.
Directors: Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca