Hadithi Hadithi: Place is mostly open space

'Excitement Is Not Part Of My Feeling Repertoire', 2021, Rhona Mühlebach, & 'Kujiona: In Conversation With Kevin Mwachiro', 2020, Arafa Hamadi

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LUX Scotland and Ajabu Ajabu Audio Visual House, Tanzania, are delighted to present the first of three online screenings and conversations in a new moving image exchange titled 'Hadithi Hadithi: Place is mostly open space' which will unfold over May and June.


This first screening, includes work by Arafa C Hamadi and Rhona Mühlebach and is available to view online from 24 May to 7 June. A live online conversation between Hamadi and Mühlebach hosted by LUX Scotland and Ajabu Ajabu Audio Visual House will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, 31 May at 6:30pm UK time / 8:30pm Tanzania time. Places for this conversation are included in booking for the screening.


'Hadithi Hadithi: Place is mostly open space' is centered on stories from Tanzania and Scotland that reimagine space through excavation of folklore and visual myth making. The featured artists use a variety of approaches rooted in pre modern storytelling such as oral narration, anthropomorphising, improv, allegory, and other gifts of unfettered make-believe for a recreation or reinterpretation of place, history, origin and identity. Taken together the work seek to visualise what stories, encounters, epiphanies and resolutions reside watchfully in unoccupied spaces. It will culminate in the first ever moving image exhibition at the Zanzibar International Film Festival.


Programme 1:

Rhona Mühlebach, Excitement Is Not Part Of My Feeling Repertoire', 2021. 27 mins

Arafa C. Hamadi, 'Kujiona: In Conversation With Kevin Mwachiro', 2020. 26 mins.


Forthcoming in 'Hadithi Hadithi: Place is mostly open space' include:


Programme 2:

Gertrude Malizana and Saoirse Wall, online screening 31 May - 14 June with online conversation on 7 June at 6:30pm (GMT) / 8:30pm East Africa Time (EAT).


Programme 3:

Sekai Machache and Valerie Amani, online screening 7 - 21 June with online conversation on 14 June at 6:30pm (GMT) / 8:30pm East Africa Time (EAT).


Programme 4:

Zanzibar International Film Festival, 23 June, 7pm (EAT).


Organised by Ajabu Ajabu Audio Visual House and LUX Scotland, supported by the British Council – in association with Zanzibar International Film Festival.



In the modern world, the expression of emotion is a mighty expectation. In the face of extinction, how can you trust what you feel?


Several narrative lines cross in Excitement is not part of my feeling repertoire. A detective has been advised to check her cynical disposition, a product of dealing in death. A Neanderthal woman struggles to place her feelings in the modern world. A modern man reckons with his wife’s murder by his own hand. The emotional estrangement that variously afflicts each of these characters is overseen by wild swine, whose superior capacity for survival affords them divine status in this story. Unlike the detective, Neanderthal woman and modern man, the swine are sure of themselves and their feelings. Unmoved by human and Neanderthal troubles, they comment and offer suggestions in a mocking tone. Their chorus is a portent perhaps, for a time when wild swine will outlive all.  

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    27 minutes
  • Language
    English, German
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Director
    Rhona Mühlebach
  • Producer
    Long Chair Productions
  • Cast
    Sylvia Werner, Trish Mullin, Lawrence Boothman, Emma Rayner,
  • Production Design
    Holly McLean. Ben Ashton
  • Sound Design
    William Aikman