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T A P E presents: But Where Are You Really From? – Films dir/written by women

T A P E season features many short films by women, and some feature films

T A P E season features many short films by women, and some feature films.

FEATURE FILMS

The Namesake

Certificate 12A

American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family’s unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.

+ live spoken-word performance Wednesday 14 July 2021 17:40 NFT3 Click HERE to book

Wednesday 21 July 2021 20:40 NFT3  Click HERE to book

wants to live a normal life, and dreams of becoming a famous vlogger like her idol Tatyana.

Binti

Dir Frederike Migom

Cert tbc Binti was born in Congo but has lived with her father Jovial in Belgium since she was a baby. Despite not having any legal documents, Binti wants to live a normal life, and dreams of becoming a famous vlogger like her idol Tatyana.

Sunday 04 July 2021 18:20 NFT2  &  Monday 19 July 2021 20:40 NFT2 Click HERE to book

English subtitles

wants to live a normal life, and dreams of becoming a famous vlogger like her idol Tatyana.

Shoot the Messenger

Dir Ngozi Onwurah

Cert tbc A man denying his black identity finds himself rejected by those he aims to appease.

Thursday 29 July 2021 17:45  NFT3   Click HERE to book

wants to live a normal life, and dreams of becoming a famous vlogger like her idol Tatyana. What Will People Say

Dir Iram Haq

Cert 15 The story of Nisha, daughter of a Pakistani-Norwegian family, who is kidnapped to Pakistan by her parents when her father finds her in bed with a man.

Friday 16 July 2021 20:30 NFT2  and Saturday 31 July 2021 17:30 NFT2 Click HERE to book

English subtitles

SHORT FILMS

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

UK 2020. Dir Runyararo Mapfumo. 11min In this documentary short, Brits explore the challenges they’ve encountered with their non-Western names. Two

UK 2017. Dir Daisy Ifama. 3min Two women discuss the complexities of defining their racial identities.

Two women discuss the complexities of defining their racial identities.

I Bit My Tongue

France 2020. Dir Nina Khada. 25min A young Algerian woman who was raised in France returns to Tunis and tries to reclaim the nuances of the mother tongue she has lost.

Two women discuss the complexities of defining their racial identities.

Like a Fish Out of Water

UK 2020. Dir Roxy Rezvany. 3min A visceral battle between the inner and outer identities.

Taarof: A Verbal Dance

UK 2018. Dir Alannah Olivia. 17min Taarof is the story of one woman’s battle with herself, to fight against the cultural, social but also self-imposed limitations of what it is to be an ethnic female in today’s society.

an ethnic female in today’s society.

Yasmina

France 2018. Dirs Ali Esmili, Claire Cahen. 22min Yasmina, Moroccan in France without a visa, sees her father get arrested right in front of her when returning home from football training.

an ethnic female in today’s society.

But You’re not Black

Canada 2019. Dir Danielle Ayow. 19min A Chinese-Caribbean-Canadian woman tries to embrace her parents’ identity.

an ethnic female in today’s society.

The Long Goodbye

UK 2020. Dir Aneil Kura. 12min

The real nightmare of never being British enough unfolds in this short film starring Riz Ahmed.

an ethnic female in today’s society.

Sorry, My Somali is not Very Good

UK 2020. Warda Mohamed. 2min

A young Somali woman has trouble with her mother tongue.

an ethnic female in today’s society.

link to the season

an ethnic female in today’s society.

For the past few years T A P E Collective has programmed events around the themes of identity and heritage, observing the different ways in which filmmakers of mixed heritage attempt to respond to the question: ‘But where are you really from?’ It’s a universal sentiment experienced by those who have their feet in two worlds, exploring code-switching, losing a language and the whitewashing of names – all resulting in the ‘othering’ in one’s own country; whether it be the first, second or third one. Now, this tongue-in-cheek nod to anyone who’s been asked the question is presented as a season exploring the nuances of being of mixed heritage. It brings together classics like Fatih Akin’s heart-wrenching Head-On, Elia Kazan’s Pinky (which set a trend with ‘passing’ films), and recent releases such as the Esiri brothers’ Eyimofe, plus talks and an open-submission short film programme.

All copy by season curators Angela Moneke, Nellie Alston and Isra Al Kassi

T A P E was founded in 2015 as a response to the lack of representation on screen. Find out more about this curatorial collective at tapecollective.co.uk

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