|World Movements Exhibition - Presentation|
"This is not to seek the meaning of the world, but to follow it: the world is meaningless, it is the sense": it was with this proposition that we inaugurated the showing "Movements of the World”, at the International Festival of Short Films of Belo Horizonte last year. The proposal of a description of the world in images-movement: a sort of dance.
The world, after all, is what's among people: such somehow political perspective moves this showing to provide for their viewers a snapshot of different logics among the world, that is, the "appearance of the being in different world situations" (as Alain Badiou would say). But if there is logic common to the movements that comprise this year's showing is the clash between the possibilities of globalization and of ethnic and identity regressions, between the rise and the destruction of borders. Movements that will not seem so contemporary from the point of view of those who are their main characters, immigrants and refugees (the condemned of the earth). Just like last year, disinherited beings hunted (politically or economically) and star in many of these in these films selected: Chinese Muslims misfit in a Pacific island ("Palau - Blue Sky"), Thai workers harvesting Finnish fields ("Miten marjoja poimitaan "), African refugees trying to learn Hebrew in an Israeli school (" Transparent Black "), young Palestinians trying to cross the border of Israel (“Arquipel").
Coming from different places, these characters have in common the same prefix, the "no": they are the stateless, those without paper, the homeless, the landless, those without work, fundamentally, without rights. Historically excluded beings, who seem to live within and beyond the legal system of the rule of law, the exiled from political existence, regarded as unworthy of full citizenship, a kind of outcasts whose life for the States, seems to be invariably capable of sacrifice and murder - characters that date back, as recalled by Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, the Roman figure of Homo Sacer (men banished from society to a kind of limbo between the natural and social life, and that could be killed without it being considered murder).Interestingly, however, the film, which is perhaps the most original of the crop this year, is precisely the one that reverses this sacrificial logic, offering an amazing and new form of politics, the Israeli "Out." Among speeches and rituals of sadomasochism, young Jews trying to exorcise the ghosts of the Israeli right which live within them and purge the sufferings imposed by their country to the Palestinian people. A must see.
João Toledo, Leonardo Amaral, Luiz Pretti, Marcelo Miranda, Ricardo Mehedff & Tiago Mata MachadoSelection Committee – International Short Films