TERRA MATER - MOTHERLAND
Narrative | Running Time: 10 minutes
2021 / English and Swahili
Country: Rwanda and SwitzerlandDirected by: Kantarama Gahigiri
Kantarama Gahigiri is a Rwandan-Swiss writer and director with numerous short films, the series Me+ U and an award-winning feature, Tapis Rouge (Red Curtain) to her credit. She explores the notions of identity, migration, sovereignty and on-screen representation through various formats, both in Switzerland and in East Africa. She is working on a second feature, an “Afro-pulp dystopian thriller” called Tanzanite.
Centered largely on a vast landfill dump, this film combines sobering documentary, hypnotic beats, Afrofuturist aesthetics, dramatic tableaux and a message for the world about the African environment. First, the continent was exploited for its resources. Now it gets them back as waste, that piles up and is scavenged once more for trace metals by the very poor. Waste from these dumps leaches through the land, our systems, our bones. A goddess made up of tech junk walks the mountains of plastics and poisons, asking when will the swollen capitalist economies, constantly on the hunt for rare metals to make smarter appliances, take responsibility for the consequences? And when will there be time to heal?
VOX Cinema 4 Red Sea Mall
Price: 40 SAR
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