Year2023 Duration34 min. Projection formatDCP ColourColour LanguageSilent DirectorTamer Hassan EditorTamer Hassan SoundJulian Flavin

World premiere


Homing follows the migration of Purple Martins from the Amazon to the Great Lakes, and goes from the conservationists who study them to the houses they are dependent on for survival.

Flocks of birds cross our city skies, passing over waste ground and natural settings. Sometimes they look beautiful; other times, dark and threatening. They can be powerful, while also suggesting defencelessness. 

Using words to describe this film might go against its very essence, breaking its spell, making it rigid. We would be lucky to reach it in silence. The film moves forward without a text, a voice or clear human presence to guide it, and this narrative nudity is its main strength and drive. All our attention is thereby captured by sustaining the time it takes to film these creatures in the different spaces and architectures where they live. 

Great learning underlies these images, that does not need to be explained. The filmmaker only shows, sets a pace and a suggestive thread of sequences. They do this freely and mysteriously: combining human and animal aspects without categorising or imprisoning anything. 

Anna Brufau

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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