Creating Homes: Film Night

Film Night
FIlm - Sat 24 June 2023
WORM Rotterdam
UBIK Space
Start → 20:30
End → 22:00

As the closing of "Creating Homes" exhibition, we invite you to enjoy the exhibition space last time and then join us for an immersive night of short films and animation.
The movie night will showcase multiple shorts from independent filmmakers from all across the world. Participating artists will share their tributes and love letters to figures who have shown them guidance and affection on their journeys. Through documentaries, animations and experimental lenses, the films present various approaches to family: such as the practical situation of grieving, dealing with the absence of a mentor, family fights and sibling dynamics. Stories of love, transmission, and solidarity.

‘Chosen Family’ : a night of international, independent films. 

During this film night from 20:30 you will see the following works:

-My Grandmother Is an Egg by Wu-Ching Chang (Taiwan) 08:07 minutes
-Center of circle by Bingxing Cen (China) 25:00 minutes
-Bonds of the matriarch by Thor de Moraes Neukranz (Brazil) 15:00 minutes
-TALCAHUANO by Ramiro Velasco (Argentina) 14:00 minutes
-Walking in these shoes by Christian Hui and Samuel Ernesto Lopez (Canada)  12:21 minutes
-Pounding of gaze by Tseng Yu Chine (Taiwan)   07:29 minutes
-ok, you are gone. by Tseng Yu Chine (Taiwan)  09:41 minutes 
-SHAMES: looking never hurts by Leon Clowes  (UK) 14:59 minutes
-Mother, May I (ask you)  by Madeline Swainhart (USA)  09:00 minutes

My Grandmother Is an Egg
The film is about the fragility and resilience of the director’s grandmother who faced oppression from unjust Confucian traditions in Asia. It aims to reflect upon women’s oppression and struggle for freedom.

The director’s grandmother was a T’ung-yang-hsi. It is the traditional practice of pre-arranged marriage, selling a young girl to another family to be raised as a future daughter-in-law. The narration is based on interviews with the director’s grandmother’s children. From personal witnesses to the general phenomena in society, the audiences may glimpse the long past, imagine women’s situation in our own times, and look forward to striving for real gender equality in the future.

Center of circle
Shishi, who is about to study abroad, hates living with her mother and dislikes her small home county, and longs to leave her family as soon as possible. But a sudden epidemic locks her in home with her mother, and in this forced isolation, Shishi slowly learns that family and home are something else.

Bonds of the matriarch
Luzinete lives on Recife’s periphery. As a widow from a very young age she has raised 12 children on her own. After even more challenges, such as the loss of her oldest son, the matriarch faces life with joy and good humor. Besides the archives of 1995 and 2005, new film footage from 2020 completes Bonds of the Matriarch. With the pandemic, Luzinete and her friend Ana disesteem the risks. The unimaginable infection arrives and everything Changes.

Saturday afternoon. The old family house seems to have stopped in time. Gathered there, María Luz, Noelia, and Gonzalo go through the mourning of their mother’s recent death, trying to get a hold of and let go of memories and material things. They fight, plan, and organize things, trying to put a value on feelings and facing the prejudice that always prevailed in that home.

Walking in these shoes
Walking In These Shoes" is a short documentary commissioned by Viral Intervention, made by and for Poz (people living with HIV) BIPOC. It is a call for action to Casey House, the world’s only HIV-specialty hospital, to change its institutional policies and practices and to work collaboratively and meaningfully with community stakeholders to ascertain that Poz BIPOC can gain access to coordinated 24/7/365 care, including long weekends

SHAMES: looking never hurts
SHAMES: looking never hurt is a queer trauma comedy in five parts by leon clowes. Using three electro pop songs written as a teenager during the UK societal shaming of gay men during the AIDS crisis, leon weaves two spoken word adult reflections about the impact of this trauma on his sexuality. This DIY made-on-a-mobile-phone music film stretches from London backstreets to a Berlin cruising ground, journeying leon’s flight from his family-of-origin to the arms of his queer kin.

Pounding of gaze
T his is a traditional marketplace in Taiwan, and capturing these images reveals the so-
called daily life of the city, which creates a dialogue with the emptiness and the feeling of the nothingness I felt in the scene.
In this film, the children who are left in the traditional market, the food, and the moving dust are almost invisibile, no longer present. They will eventually fade away.

ok, you are gone.
On October 5, my mother sent a message telling that my younger cousin had passed away. The only person in my family who wanted to live in the world of art and creativity as much as I did, had passed away.
The last thing I remember about our correspondence was that she sent me a message asking me questions about how to make a documentary.
I never responded to this message.

Mother, May I (ask you)
A video work directed towards my mother, asking her questions about my upbringing. Using a selection from my family home videos, I look closely at how my parents documented and raised us.
Mom, these are the things I wish I could ask you.