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Reel to Real Cinema At Home: Colonial Monuments Shorts

August 14, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday, 14th August 2020 / Watch live from 8pm

Discussion on Crowdcast 9.30pm-10pm

This month, we are bringing you a series of four short films that we have sourced online exploring broadly the theme of Colonial Monuments. Public art and memorial sculpture entered the conversation internationally last month when across Europe and America, statues became one of the focuses for attention during Black Lives Matter protests, notably when the statue of Edward Colston was pulled from it’s plinth in Bristol and deposited in the docks by activists.
Through these four films sourced online, we’d like to explore how these colonial monuments exist as representations of political power and cultural authority from the streets of Limerick, Ireland to Mechelen, Belgium and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cacheu in Guinea Bissau. This is a global story and we look forward to sharing conversations with you about the past, present and future of the monument in public art.

About Reel to Real Cinema At Home

As we look to explore how we can use collective film watching at home as a means to gather, share ideas and connect we’ve been delving through the vastness of the internet to source interesting and relevant stories for now, on film. Reel to Real continues to share a film and discussion evening on the second Friday of the month online, until we are able to return safely to our High Street home in The Stove, Dumfries.

How to Watch

The film will be made available here, on this page at 8pm on Friday, 14th August – please just re-fresh the page at the time and it will appear.
We’d also love if you could stay for a discussion about the film, and some of the important themes arising from it, which will take place using Crowdcast also on this page, at 9.30pm on Friday, 4th August.  Please register in advance by clicking here.
There will be a live chat in the run up to and during the film, so let us know that you are watching and any questions you have!
For more information contact katie@thestove.org.

About This Months Films

A History of Stone, Origin and Myth                               22 minutes
Tom Flanagan and Megs Morley
A non-narrative film essay draws unlikely connections between the creations of monuments, the material of stone and the creation of memory and power. These monuments exist as public representations of political power and cultural authority, providing visual allegories of the attempt to carve collective memory into certain histories, often through the forgetting or erasing of other histories.
Cacheu (2012)                                                                     10 minutes
Directed by Filipa César
A science fiction lecture looking back at four colonial sculptures which are stored at the Fortress of Cacheu, one of the first bastions constructed by the Portuguese in 1588 in order to facilitate the slave trade in the West African country of Guinea Bissau.
Échangeur                                                                             33 minutes
Anne Reijniers & Rob Jacobs
In the streets of the metropolis of Kinshasa, young Congolese imagine their version of the colonial past. Around an empty pedestal that once carried a Belgian monument emerges an imaginary city where archival footage, performances and present-day Kinshasa interact.
(Pas) Mon Pays (Not) My Country                                   9.50 minutes
Bie Michels
A short fillm in two parts – the first of a colonial monument in Mechelen, Antwerp and Michel’s efforts to decolonise this statue with a group of Belgian citizens with Congolese roots, and the second sharing the artist’s visit to Congo based on her personal history. The film is an attempot to let the past encounter the present and see further into the future of the postcolonial situation in both Congo and Mechelen.

The Film

The film links will appear here at 8pm on Friday, 14th August – please re-fresh your page at this time to view.


August 14, 2020
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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