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Heat Shimmer | Kapita | Matata

D: Arthur & Corinne Cantrill, Australia 1978, 12 min | D: Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, USA 2020, 22 min | D: Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, Congo / USA / Netherlands 2019, 37 min

Matata (film still)

Matata (film still)

Heat Shimmer

D: Arthur & Corinne Cantrill, Australia 1978, 12 min

The three-color separation process, preceding the invention of color motion picture films, offers a unique way of nature observation.

Kapita

D: Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, USA 2020, 22 min

By recoding archival footage and intertwining it with contemporary images, Kapita exposes patterns of extraction and burial to decode colonial representations – and exploitation – of central African land and people – and mines the archival films for what they make invisible: the black-skinned workers evaporated by cameras calibrated to white, the collateral death and destruction interred in infrastructure. (Petna Ndaliko Katondolo)

Matata

D: Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, Congo / USA / Netherlands 2019, 37 min

Matata is told primarily through dance. Rhythm, color and movements, being more than just the film’s subjects, lead it away from prescribed representations of Africa into a new future.