FICAE [nòmada] The disease and its losses: cinematographic looks

  • Day: December 5, 2017
  • Time: 19:00h
  • Place: Auditori
  • Free activity

We inaugurate the third edition of FICAE (International Short Films and Art on Diseases Festival) organized by the Polytechnic University of Valencia. It is one of the clear commitments that the museum maintains, with the objective of working in diverse social areas and places, and in this case with aspects related to the line of art and health. FICAE, with whom we have been collaborating on a regular basis is a thematic festival whose objective is to foster awareness and social awareness of the disease as a process of life, as well as to de-stigmatize certain diseases through visions that go beyond prejudice of ignorance

On Tuesday 5 December at 19:00h, during the opening and presentation day of FICAE [nomad], the short films of the program “Unstable Zone, Video, Essay and Experimentation” will be screened, preceded by the intervention of the psychologist of EPSAL , Space Psychology and Health, Sonia Justo.

Selection of shorts:

Confident, Karen Akerman / Miguel Seabra Lopes, Brazil, 13 ‘

Part of the director’s personal experience. The constant repetitions of the actions cut or impede narrative continuity, and work as an allegory of the disorder and the mental irrationality that suffers. A disorder perhaps caused by a lack of personal identity and positioning in society. The family, religion, love and health seem like the 4 pillars that could never be built with solidity and that now make it vulnerable to their environment, to the outside. He remembers the avant-garde cinema of the 20s and the aesthetics and ways of the Nouvele Vague with that technical and artistic freedom claiming against the classic structures of the cinematographic language imposed by the great majors.

An (ti) thesis, Alice Aires, United Kingdom, 2016, 5 ‘

An abstract film that deepens on transformation and personal growth. Apparently the author starts from a personal experience related to depression, and metaphors as a box that keeps us away from our environment and creativity. Through painting and dance, you will find an exit to this wrap, in a world full of mysticism, color and movement.

Gimp Gait (USA, 2016), of Pioneer Winter and Tabatha Madra, 6 ‘

Videodance / performance between Marjorie, with cerebral palsy and Pioneer, a dancer of extraordinary bodily harmony in which the private and public life of the subjects is explored. Also reflect on how the viewer’s perspective can try to control or shape or have some kind of power over who the protagonists are and how they should act. Gimp is the fact of cataloging a person as weak or incapacitated and Gait the way or the style in which someone walks. The video raises the viewer as a game of similarities and differences between the two bodies and attitudes.

Psychoanimalja, Isabela Chamczyk (Poland, 2015), 7 ‘

It belongs to a series of videos that relate human diseases with animal behaviors (which do not suffer from any type of disease). It is more like an associative simile. The text mixes information with personal appraisals, interpreted by the director himself.

Sensitive, Anaïs Morisset, alias Ut Barley Sugar, (France, 2016), 4 ‘

This short is about change, a body in transformation, the body of a woman (it is not just about the periods of menstruation … there are several possible interpretations). Sensitive is also a mental representation of a feeling that could be obsessive or anecdotal: the impression of not being in the body that touches.

Sneeze, Yunjin La-mei Woo, (USA, 2015), 5 ‘

Sneeze, which means “sneeze,” explores the stigmatized symptom of the common cold – the involuntary expulsion of air and body fluid – as an allegory of social ruptures that could mediate infectious resistance. Mixed images of the Cold War educational value that promoted personal hygiene as a “war on germs”, with images that create explosions. The piece underestimates aesthetically the modern fantasy of separation and isolation between “healthy” and “sick “.

Those Drawn Alive, by Jukka-Pekka Jalovaara (Finland, 2014), 7 ‘

Visual poem of a personal nature that deals with the darkness, the seasonal change and the wear that causes the passage of time. Accompanied by poetic verses, the faces and elements merge (it uses the technique of morfing) as absorbed by the same darkness and sorrow, as doomed to aging, deterioration and death. That evil is materialized from the figure of western spaghetti actor Lee Van Cleef, something that spells almost absurdly between the reflection imposed by the soundtrack and the images.

FICAE is a film and art festival that fosters awareness, social awareness of the disease as a process of life and helps break the stigma that many diseases suffer.

FICAE [nòmada] aims to bring to other places and public the shorts presented in each edition, while linking art centers, associations of patients, healthcare agents and filmmakers. In these days, spaces of debate and reflection are created addressing the subject of the disease and the loss from multiple perspectives.

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