Alia Syed: Ruwanghi ki Jagah (Points of Departure), 16 April 2018

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"When we define ourselves, when I define myself, the place in which I am like you and the place in which I am not like you, I’m not excluding you from joining – I’m broadening the joining.”
— Audre Lorde

Born of Indian and Welsh heritage, Alia Syed has been making experimental 16mm films in Britain for over 30 years. Her work toys with the nature and role of language in intercultural communication, often positioning the viewer between voices and text in English and Urdu.

Filmed across London, Glasgow, Karachi and Lahore, and spanning a period of 25 years, the works in this programme represent Syed’s enduring interest in "what happens when you hold more than one ‘culture’ within you at any given time.”

Syed will join us to talk about her work in relation to ideas around gender, diaspora, colonialism, borders and British experimental film history.

16 April 2018, 6.30pm–8pm
Swarthmore Centre
2-7 Woodhouse Square
Book via eventbrite

Films (all Alia Syed):
Points of Departure, 2014, video, 17min
Eating Grass, 2003, 16mm, 24min
Fatima’s Letter, 1992, 16mm, 19min

Presented by Pavilion. Supported by Film Hub North and BFI Film Audience Network.

Image: Still from Fatima’s Letter, Alia Syed, 1992, 16mm, 19min