Closing Film & Conversation
Fogo Island Inn
Free and open to all
Fogo Island Film 2018: Resistance and Resilience draws to a close with the screening of Silas followed by a conversation between co-curators Goran Petrović-Lotina and Alexandra McIntosh and invited guest Matthieu Orléan of the Cinémathèque française, Paris.
Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman. Canada / South Africa / Kenya, 2017, 80 min.
Liberian activist Silas Siakor is a tireless crusader, fighting to crush corruption and environmental destruction in the country he loves. Through the focus on one country, Silas is a global tale that warns of the power of politics and celebrates the power of individuals to fight back. One man’s battle gains momentum and emboldens communities to raise their fists and smartphones, seize control of their lands and protect their environment. It is a new generation of resistance.
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Fogo Island Film is dedicated to supporting independent and experimental film production and to participating in contemporary artistic and scientific debate that addresses nature and culture as an indivisible whole. Broaching themes of environmental degradation, the interconnectedness of species, geopolitical migration, the commodification of nature, Indigenous perspectives, social activism, as well as lives lived in deep connection with the natural world, the films question or condemn our actions, offer alternative perspectives and occasionally, suggest hope for a brighter future.
Fogo Island Film 2018: Resistance and Resilience is co-curated by researcher and theorist Goran Petrović-Lotina and FIA Director of Programs and Exhibitions Alexandra McIntosh.
Matthieu Orléan is an artistic collaborator at the Cinémathèque française, Paris, where he has overseen temporary exhibitions since 2004. Notably, he was curator of Almodóvar (2006), Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood (2008), The Enchanted World of Jacques Demy (2013), Amos Gitai Architect of Memory (2014) and Gus Van Sant: Icons (2016). Since 1998, Orléan has been writing on cinema and visual arts for various magazines such as Cahiers du Cinéma, Trafic, Vertigo, Synopsis, Purple, Numéro, and for publications including Chantal Akerman, Autoportrait en cinéaste and Raymond Hains, J’ai la mémoire qui planche (Centre Pompidou), and Trésors Publics, 20 ans de création dans les Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain (Flammarion). In 2007 he co-directed, with Christian Merlhiot, the documentary Des Indes à la Planète Mars, which was presented in official competition at the Marseille International Film Festival. He is also a freelance film programmer, and has worked for the Paris Photo Fair since 2016.
Goran Petrović-Lotina is a researcher, curator and theorist in visual and performing arts. He holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Ghent University and Master’s Degrees in Arts and Politics (SPEAP) from Sciences Po Paris: Institute of Political Studies and in Art History from the University of Belgrade. His research combines art theory with political philosophy to examine the political dimensions of art. Petrović-Lotina’s main field of inquiry is to explore how artistic practices may contribute to contesting dominant politics and invigorating democracy. He finds inspiration in post-Marxist theories of discourse analysis, hegemony and antagonism, and has published on this subject in various journals and books. As a curator and writer, Petrović-Lotina has collaborated with numerous international artists and institutions, such as MoCA Belgrade, CAC Adelaide, Kaaitheater Brussels, CCA Sarajevo, Kunsthalle Wien, Kran Film Copenhagen, and Omen Theatre Belgrade, among others. In 2018, Petrović-Lotina conceived PEPPER RAD Club: Philosophy, Ethology, Politics and Performance Reading and Discussion Club that he organizes and moderates at Ghent University within the research platform PEPPER. Petrović-Lotina is founder and co-curator, with Alexandra McIntosh, of Fogo Island Film, a long-term project concerned with the diversity of relationships between nature and society.