IN FOCUS: SENSORY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE WORLD
Film is more than “just” storytelling. Film makes foreign life worlds tangible and through the expressive or impressionistic power of images and sounds evokes and creates affects that go beyond what the eyes and ears perceive. In this focus programme we emphasise these qualities of sensory and poetic approaches to documentary film and present five examples of how films can touch our senses and our emotions through their cinematographic qualities.
Zagros takes us into the sensory dimensions of traditional carpet production. Through this approach the film vividly opens up the life world of the protagonists, the Bakhtiarians in Iran. The condensed poetry innate to the lives of the people who live on a Portuguese military base in Campo unfolds in the triangle between man, nature and cosmos. Thus, it creates a complex compendium of moods, imaginations and the mysticism of the landscape. Century of Smoke on the other hand focusses on sentiments and the orchestration of the ambiance. The social drama and the fateful hopelessness of the villagers are intensified by the shots of the foggy rainforest that surrounds everything. Stories from Cabo Corrientes puts its black-and-white images entirely into service of the protagonists’ mythical tales. It creates a mood that is as tense as it is atmospheric, where reality and lost worlds blur. In When the Persimmons grew, we follow the mind and the time of creation as we wrap ourselves in the wordless conversations of a mother and her son, both together and separately.