State (of) Terror

Set in areas that are under military occupation, dictatorship or civil war, the films presented as part of the State (of) Terror program question both the state monopoly on violence and the effects of militaristic/authoritarian policies, as well as the representation of their victims: caught between various hegemonic narratives, they can be guessed at beneath the veil of propaganda or the object of repressive methods, resisting stereotypes or empowered to portray themselves. All these politics have a sole logical conclusion: death. (Flavia Dima)

STAGING DEATH

Jan Soldat | Duration 8 min

Spoiler alert: Udo Kier dies a thousand deaths in Jan Soldat’s latest offering – a meditation on fictionality & cinematic conventions, and on the intrinsic links between life, death and film, spanning across all five decades of the German actor’s career.

PARADISO, XXXI, 108

Kamal Aljafari | Duration 18 min

“Nothing can be heard anymore; the roar of our plane absorbs every other sound. We are heading straight to the world’s biggest display of soundproof fireworks, and soon we will drop our bombs.”

NEIGHBOUR ABDI

Douwe Dijkstra | Duration 29 min

Abdi is a carpenter who settled in the Netherlands after spending his childhood in Mogadishu, in the midst of Somalia's civil war. Together with his neighbour Douwe, he reconstructs his life using a diorama, a green screen and his memories.

HANDBOOK

Pavel Mozhar | Duration 26 min.

Using personal testimonies, Pavel Mozhar creates a minute reenactment of the methods that were used to torture Belorussian dissidents arrested during the massive protests that took place in August 2020 against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko.

DIMA, DMITRY, DMYTRO. GLORY TO THE HEROES

Clemens Poole | Duration 24 min

Using a home video cassette that was shot during the nineties in Lugansk, a city now under Russian occupation, Clemens Poole creates a fictional protagonist onto which he projects an idealized narrative – but his character resists it and fights back.

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