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PROGRAM 6 AN OCEANIC FEELING
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf


Country: United Arab Emirates, India, Yemen, Somalia, Qatar, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Kenya, Iraq, Iran
Year: 2013
Duration: 83'
Direction: CAMP (Shaina Anand, Ashok Sukumaran)

In the words of Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumara, who work together as CAMP, “A boat has many powers: to gather a society in its making, to distribute goods, to carry people and ideas across places that, it seems to us, are more different than ever before.” In this project of collective documentation, merchant sailors from the Gulf of Kutch in India travel across the Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf and beyond, transporting all manner of goods. Working with footage collected over a four-year period, CAMP weave together their own HD video with images made by the sailors using mobile phone cameras and camcorders. These heterogeneous textures—from crisp clarity to painterly pixilation—combine with Bollywood and religious songs chosen by the sailors to form a compilation film displaying at once a palpable intimacy and a grand scope, forming a testimony to the maritime proletariat infused with joy, friendship, sociality and optimism. This “film based on actual events and videos of actual events,” as an opening title describes it, offers a striking reminder that though our global system is so often described as “cognitive capitalism”—trafficking in information and fuelled by immaterial labour—it still rests on the physical work of real bodies who fabricate and transport real goods. 

PROMOTED BY
Gobierno de Navarra
ORGANIZED BY
NICDO
WITH THE AID OF
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural Española
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaGoethe InstitutCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteTeatro GayarreLa Fábrica
MEMBER OF
PantallaIberofestLa Mesta
PARTNERS
Filmoteca de NavarraPlanetario de PamplonaMuseo OteizaMuseo Universidad de NavarraHotel Tres ReyesHotel Maisonave
MEDIA PARTNER
Radio 3

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