Boat People

Boat-people. Eye Filmmuseum, Cinema 2 – 2015, video HD (33’43”).

The term ‘boat-people’ began to be used in the press to describe the movement of migrants fleeing Vietnam by sea at the end of the 70’. They fled their country for political and economic reasons. Often overloaded and with no security, these boats have made many victims due to drowning, starvation and cold. Boat-people_The Island and The Fortress is my first proposal to the dramatic actuality raging in and on the borders of the European Union.

Boat-people. The Island and the Fortress is a film performance made within a film theatre. It finds its origin in the necessity for me to bring back the missing bodies of the screen into the film theatre. It brings back the possibility of an encounter with an audience through both a physical and spiritual act, a step towards the very essence of cinema, its animality and its emptiness.

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