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:

Valerie Asiimwe Amani and Sekai Machache, 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, 22 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 this series, I explore my culture with an intent to find myself within it. I am from Dar-es-Salaam, and I have found myself actively and inactively living in other towns along this Swahili coast. This has led me to a process of relearning about my home, the cultures and the people who live here. The Kujiona Series is born from this process, and includes the conversations and creations I have accumulated in the past three months.

The titular meditative film, Kujiona, follows the progression of a protagonist, myself, having two conversations. The first is with the scavenged dhow that I have created an artwork out of. The second is a conversation with Kevin Mwachiro – a queer Swahili man who has also found himself through engaging with the coast. This is presented through snippets overlaid with sounds from the coast that are familiar, and I hope this captures the continuous dialogue I am having with my home.'

- Arafa C. Hamadi

  • Year
  • Runtime
    26 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Director
    Arafa C. Hamadi
  • Cast
    Arafa C. Hamadi, Kevin Mwachiro