Selection 20: Alia Syed: Imprints, Documents, Fictions
For this closing night a presale ticket is required, for Friends of Courtisane, guests and accredited a reservation is required.
Since the 1980s, Alia Syed has been making films that draw from personal and historical realities in order to address the subjective relationship to gender, location, diaspora and colonialism. Her work resists the linearity of the film strip and of traditional narrative structures, using layering and repetition – enfolding fact, fiction, present and past. This special screening to mark the publication of Alia Syed: Imprints, Documents, Fictions (ed. María Palacios Cruz) centres on a series of works from the last ten years that reflect on the filmmaker’s Asian-Scottish upbringing. Published by Courtisane festival in collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, Alia Syed: Imprints, Documents, Fictions is the first monograph to be devoted to Syed’s work and features new essays by Jemma Desai, Inga Fraser, Peter Gidal, Rahila Haque, Salima Hashmi, Anjana Janardhan, Ruth Noack and Henrietta Williams, as well as writing by Syed herself.
In the presence of Alia Syed
After decades of film screenings and many years of Courtisane festival at Paddenhoek, this will be our very last festival program at this venue. The building will be renovated and unfortunately the cinema will disappear. We invite you to join us at Paddenhoek for a drink after this screening.