Relatives: Film Festival

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08 Mar 2017

11am to 5pm

The Screening Room (MLG 06)
Wednesday 8 March

Film Festival: screenings and Q&A

‘Family’ is a favoured subject for filmmakers. We all have relatives and the close and sometimes fractious bonds we have with them have provided plotlines for both documentary and feature films. This one-day festival will explore ways in which documentary filmmakers have investigated the idea of ‘relatives’.

Dr Pratap Rughani and students on MA Documentary Film at London College of Communication will be curating the first Moose on the Loose Film Festival on the theme of ‘Relatives’.

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The lead exhibition of Moose on the Loose 2017, Ken.To be Destroyed, is a remarkable archive of family life. Inspired by this, Moose has invited Pratap and MA Documentary Film students to create a film festival which explores family relations. The students will put out a call for films and also incorporate films which have emerged during their discussions.

11am – 1.15pm

With My Heart in Yambo (Con Mi Corazón en Yambo)
María Fernanda Restrepo | Doc | 2h17 | 2011 | Ecuador

On January 8, 1988, when María Fernanda was 10 years old, her parents took a vacation and left her with her brothers Santiago and Andres, 17 and 14 years old. That day she wents to a friend’s birthday party and they were to pick her up. They never arrived. After one year of uncertainty, they discovered that her brothers had been disappeared by the Ecuadorian police for no reason at all. Their bodies were thrown into Lake Yambo. They never found them. This documentary is a personal journey interlaced with the past of an entire country that was marked by this story.

“With my heart in Yambo” is Maria Fernanda first long feature documentary. She is the co-manager of Escala Gris, a production company specialized in documentaries and commercials. She has a master’s degree in Documentary Filmmaking at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in Spain and a postgraduate degree in photography direction at the ESCAC (Barcelona).


2pm - 3.30pm

Boogie Woogie Pappa
Erik Bäfving | Doc | 13min. | 2002 | Sweden

About a son who, in his father’s folder of negatives, finds love, despair and reconciliation with a painful memory. The father’s suicide and the great emptiness that followed. A journey among the 3000 negatives that the father left behind him. He was a very good photographer. Among the negatives Erik finds a self-portrait, a picture of the other dad. A man that looks afraid. A man that barely dares to look into the camera. What was it he was afraid of?

Erik Bäfving born in 1973 in Malmo, Sweden, has been working as a director and editor since 1996. In addition to directing documentaries he is working as a narrative consultant and editor for both documentary and feature films.

Standing By
Melanie Friend | Doc | 25min. | 2017 | UK

Standing By ushers us into Friend's parents 60-year long relationship. It focuses on their daily solving of the Daily Telegraph ‘Quick’ crossword. The work draws on sound recordings made 2000-07, & still images: Friend’s iPhone 3 & analogue photographs; archive images from family albums.
For years, Friend thought that her parents’ crossword interactions were funny: how her father barked out the clues and her mother quietly came up with the answers. As they grew older and frailer, and her mother’s Alzheimer’s became apparent, the routine of the crossword felt increasingly crucial both as a memory exercise and a daily ritual where humour, conversation and banter could happen as before.

Melanie Friend worked as a photojournalist before moving into long term projects as a documentary photographer/artist. Several of her exhibitions have focused directly or indirectly on war, using sound and still image. She has produced four solo publications ( Friend is Reader in Photography in the School of Media, Film & Music at University of Sussex.

160 Characters
Victoria Mapplebeck | Doc | 11min. | 2015 | UK

Shot entirely on an iPhone 6, 160 Characters brings to life the secrets buried in a vintage Nokia, a story that unfolds in just 100 texts and tells the story of how two people, meet, date, break up and deal with an unplanned pregnancy.

Victoria is an award winning artist, writer and director. She created Channel 4’s first interactive documentary series, Smart Hearts, in which web cams streamed live from the subjects homes for over 18 months. Smart Hearts was nominated for a New Media Indie Award in 2000. Victoria is Programme Director of the MA in Documentary by Practice at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Big Fish
Zadoc Nava | Doc  | 24min. | 1996 | UK

Big Fish is a lyrical, impressionistic portrait of José Nava, a Mexican artist living in London, by his eldest son, and a compelling exploration of their ambivalent relationship. José came to England in 1962 for a short visit - and never went back. Over the years he has carved out a space for himself as a theatre performer and a self-taught painter. The film chronicles his life from the barrios of Acapulco to ‘this cold land’, where he feels like ‘a fish in the wrong pond!’ It explores how circumstances, including his father’s murder, have influenced Jose’s unique way of seeing.

Zadoc Nava is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer based in London. His photographs have been published and exhibited internationally, with solo shows in London and Belfast. A monograph of his photography, Shadowlands, is available from Black Dog Publishing.


3.30pm - 5pm

Filming our relatives. Panel discussion with Melanie Friend, Victoria Mapplebeck and Zadoc Nava, about the issues and challenges of filming personal and family stories.

Free. All welcome.

Moose on the Loose 2017 is organised by UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC).