Decolonising the Archive shorts #2 (2021)

  • Decolonising the Archive
  • 1h 13m


Rethinking how collections are made and remembered

New York Just Another City | 2019 | 18 min.

Directors: André Lopes, Joana Brandão

Brazilian Guarani filmmaker Patrícia Ferreira reflects on New York City and Indigenous representation in dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History.

Competing for the RAI & Marsh Short Film Prize

Faces Voices | 2019 | 18 min.

Directors: Paul Basu, Christopher Thomas Allen

The film complicates any simple reading of a colonial photographic archive from Southern Nigeria and Sierra Leone that was collected between 1909 and 1915. Through a collaborative creative effort with contemporary multimedia artists The Light Surgeons, voices are added to mute photographs to produce multiple readings.

Competing for the RAI & Marsh Short Film Prize

Sight Unseen | 2019 | 20 min.

Director: Alessandra Ferrini

This film is woven around a controversial and legally-unpublishable archive of historical images depicting the capture and execution of Omar al-Mukhtar, the leader of the organised resistance against the Italian colonisation of Libya. It poses important questions about the carefully-orchestrated politics of visibility and invisibility that shape the memory of colonial trauma in Italy.

Competing for the Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize

This Is A Majlis: A Sound Essay | 2020 | 17 min.

Directors: Timothy P. A. Cooper, Abeera Arif-Bashir

This is a visual ethnography of sound using locally-produced audio and video tapes and still photography of urban Pakistan. The film conjures the atmosphere, intimacy, and energy of the majlis-e-aza, a mourning gathering central to communal worship for Shi’a Muslims.

Competing for the RAI & Marsh Short Film Prize

A live discussion with the filmmakers will take place on Zoom on Sunday 28 March, 18:30 - 18:55 UTC+1. Find the roundtable abstract and a link to join the live discussion here.

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United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Libya, Pakistan