From Gulf To Gulf To Gulf

Direction
Year 
2013
Country
  • India
Runtime
83min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

“A film based on real events and made up of videos of real events”: the contract is explicit, it is a question of documenting. In reality, the affair is more ample, and more generous, because better than a statement, it is about giving voice — or image, and sound — to the interested parties. Abandoning the weighty mantle of auteur to become editor, and handing over the eye and the ear to the invisible ones, is the project of the Indian collective CAMP. Indeed, the material gleaned is the result of an exchange engaged in since 2009 with sailors who criss-cross the Arabian Sea from the Gulf of Kutch between India and Pakistan (whence they mostly originate) to the Persian Gulf and back. It is a long-term, large-scale project. Shot on a mobile phone, embellished with cheerful music deliberately chosen by these improvised directors, and destined to be addressed to their loved ones, what do these video-letters show us? Something spectacular, but to be distinguished from what is sold as that. On big wooden boats, which could be straight out of a costume drama, the adventure is that of the daily life of a “sea worker”. Here you will encounter a school of dolphins, other equally elegant craft, but in the midst of fastidious tasks to be accomplished, of leisure time too (making a miniature boat!), in the midst of oneself (many faces give news of their permanence without assurance), in the midst of little as well. [Jean-Pierre Rehm & Nicolas Féodoroff]

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Details

  • Original Title
    From Gulf To Gulf To Gulf
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Siddik U. Sanghar, Mrinal Desai, Junas S. Bhagad, Ashok Sukumaran, Shaina Anand, Sulaiman Haroon Raja urf Dada, Jabbar H. Chingda, Ismail H. Ghandhar, Mohammed Rafik, Sulaiman W. Sumbhania, Abdul M. Chauhan, Mehboob A. Sanghar, Hakimuddin Lilyawala
  • Editing
    Sreya Chatterjee
  • Sound
    Amala Popuri, Binil C. Amakkadu, Shantanu H. Akerkar
  • Runtime
    83 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2013
  • Country
    • India
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • FID Marseille, 2013
    • BFI London Film Festival, 2013
    • Underdox Munich, 2013
    • Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival, 2013
    • Doc Lisboa, 2013
    • Viennale, Vienna, 2013
    • Cork Film Festival, 2013
    • Migrating Forms, New York, 2013
    • Dhaka Art Summit, 2014
    • Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2014
    • Flaherty Seminar New York, 2014
    • MoMA Film New York, 2014
    • Ficunam, Mexico, 2014
    • Fidadoc, Agadir, Morocco 2014
    • Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 2014
  • Awards
    • FID Marseille, 2013 Special Mention, International Competition
    • Olhar de Cinema, Curitiba, 2014 New Views Prize
    • Images Festival, Toronto 2014 Opening Film

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