Kuyenda N'kubvina (Walking is Dancing)

Deborah Stratman

2010 | 00:40:15 | Malawi | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | DV video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Dance, Documentary, Expedition/Travel, Music

Kuyenda N’kubvina looks at how thought and culture propagate in the slender nation of Malawi. Weaving our way through video halls, book stores, dance floors and radio stations, in cities and small villages, we meet Malawians who traffic in ideas, reflecting the rhythms of Malawian contemporary life. The video was instigated by the filmmaker’s relative ignorance about the people and culture of southeast Africa, and accompanies her as she seeks out individuals and infrastructures that channel and articulate Malawian identity.

“Stratman has a special interest in sound and music and the way this functions in society. She went on a journey through Malawi to discover the rhythm of life there.”

— Amakula Film Festival, Kampala Uganda

 

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Premiere

International Film Festival Rotterdam
Rotterdam

Exhibitions + Festivals

Festival Cinema Africano, d'Asia e America Latina, Milan, Italy, 2010

Göteborg International Film Festival, Göteborg, Sweden, 2010

Amakula Festival, Kampala, Uganda, 2010

DocLisboa Festival Internacional de Cinema, Lisbon, Portugal, 2010

International Film Festival of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India, 2010

Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL, 2011

 

 

 

 

Stream Single Title

Title Awards Image Major Exhibitions/Festivals Description
Sea in the Blood

Equal First Prize for Best Male Short, Inside Out, Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Sea in the Blood

OutFest (LA, CA.), 2001

Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands), 2001

 

Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2001

 

 

Sea In The Blood is a personal documentary about living with illness, tracing the relationship of the artist to thalassemia in his sister Nan, and AIDS in his partner Tim. At the core of the piece are two trips. The first is in 1962, when Richard went from Trinidad to England with Nan to see a famous hematologist interested in her unusual case. The second is in 1977 when Richard and Tim made the counterculture pilgrimage from Europe to Asia. The relationship with Tim blossomed, but Nan died before their return. The narrative of love and loss is set against a background of colonialism in the Caribbean and the reverberations of migration and political change.

"Sea in the Blood was to be a meditation on race, sexuality and disease, but after working with the material for three years, it was the emotional story that came through. It's hard to work with such personal material, but in the end the work takes on a life of its own. 'Richard' is a character. Because of the subject matter — disease and death — I wanted to avoid sentimentality. I'd like the audience to think as well as feel."

— Richard Fung