Suneil Sanzgiri’s (SMACT ’17) film Letter From Your Far-Off Country (2020) will be streaming for free on e-Flux as a part of their new Festival Forum series until June 11th. The film received an award at Images Festival recently and received two jury special mentions at the European Media Arts Festival and IC Docs.
Drawing upon a rich repository of images—from digital renderings of Kashmir’s mountains to the textured materiality of 16mm hand-processing and direct animation techniques—Letter From Your Far-Off Country maps a hidden vein of shared political commitment and diasporic creative expression, linking a poem by the Kashmiri American writer Agha Shahid Ali with interviews with the filmmaker’s father and a letter addressed to Communist Party leader Prabhakar Sanzgiri, who is also the filmmaker’s distant relative.
Suneil Sanzgiri is an Indian American artist, researcher, and filmmaker working to understand how systems of oppression are informed and reinforced by trauma, history, and memory. His work spans experimental video, animations, essays, and installations, and contends with questions of identity, heritage, culture, and diaspora in relationship to structural violence.
This special feature of Images Festival 2021 presents films by Rossella Biscotti, Grau, Darol Olu Kae, Nour Ouayda, Suneil Sanzgiri, and Rina B. Tsou, screening on e-flux Video & Film for two weeks from Saturday, May 29 through Friday, June 11; as well as a conversation with festival programmers Alia Ayman, Robert Lee, and Yasmin Nurming-Por moderated by e-flux’s Lukas Brasiskis. Watch them here.
The program is part of the series Festival Forum on e-flux Video & Film, presenting collaborations with established and emerging moving-image festivals from around the world.
For more information, contact program [at] e-flux.com.