aemi is delighted to collaborate with artist film distributor Kino Rebelde to present a programme at Docs Ireland 2021. Excitedly returning to an in-person audience at Ulster Museum, the curated selection of five short films is a celebration of international experimental filmmaking from Latin America, Europe and Canada utilising expanded documentary forms.
The programme itself explores existentialism, largely considering a number of sociological conditions, especially how one’s psyche and behaviour is affected when institutional dynamics are shifted. The long-lasting effects of systems such as military regimes, capitalism, gender establishment, and animal hierarchies recur throughout the five films. The programme is layered with renderings of societal pressure, made manifest in the earnest behaviour of the protagonist in each film.
Through Kino Rebelde, aemi is extremely grateful to learn about emerging and established experimental filmmaking practices from Latin America – from Argentina, Mexico, Brazil – as well as discovering films by European and Canadian artists. Established in 2017 by María Vera and exclusively dedicated to championing non-fiction/ experimental cinema and hybrid narratives, what we at aemi were drawn to in the work of Kino Rebelde was the possibility of unearthing a unifying principle across a series of diverse works and artists; located here in this programme, and elsewhere in Kino Rebelde’s catalogue, is a principle rooted in a deeply empathetic and generous approach to the artists’ subjects. This typifies the focus of Kino Rebelde: films rooted in a particular vantage point, or as María Vera elaborates, “chaos, risk, more questions, less answers, aesthetic and politic transgression, empathy, identities, desires and memory” – all qualities strongly present in this selection of films for Docs Ireland 2021.
Melina Pafundi, Cuando el Niño Andrógino (When The Androgynous Child), 2019, 9 min, Germany/ Argentina
Total running time 62 mins
Melina Pafundi, Cuando el Niño Andrógino (When The Androgynous Child)
Agustina Comedi, Playback. Ensayo de una Despedida (Playback)
Thiago Zanato and Adriana Barbosa, La Flaca (The Bony Lady)
Inés Espinosa, Estereotipia (Stereotypy)
Mike Hoolboom, For The Birds