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Emerging Film Curators: Rolling in the Deep (15)

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Descend into underwater worlds in this programme of short films exploring the mermaid in politically-engaged ways.

Across the world, mermaids and their co-species appear in films imagining life beyond capitalist, colonial and patriarchal systems.

Rolling in the Deep presents a screening of experimental, documentary and fiction short films from the UK, Philippines, Ghana and Italy, which reinterpret mer-myths to explore the significance of water as a poetic and political space.

From a Filipino fishing village to Detroit’s underground techno scene, each film centres the mer-creature to explore themes of Afrofuturism, deep-sea diving, imperial systems of power, storytelling, and gender fluidity. 

Join us to explore alternative portrayals of the mer-figure and the role of myth in shaping collective and political imagination. 

Plus, a live poetry reading by artist and writer, Alexandrina Hemsley who will join academic Dr Geoff Maguire for a ScreenTalk.
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