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Please join us for a workshop with experimental filmmaker Ana Vaz.

The Voyage Out: Embrace Tiger Return to Mountain

The film-poems of Ana Vaz challenge hegemonic forms of cinema through experimental forms, highlighting the destructive practices of colonial modernity. Her films are haunted by histories of violence and extraction, carefully rendered through a disquieted lens that questions cinema as an art of the (in)visible.

Filmed intermittently in Japan over the last seven years – between the islands of Ogasawara, the (de)contaminated fields of Fukushima, and Tokyo – The Voyage Out conjures tales of survival and rexistance from communities who already seem to inhabit a collapsed world: resilient beekeepers, caring marine biologists, decontamination workers, utopian gardeners, and radiophobics populate this constellation of insurgency. Amidst this polyphony of voices, the film stages a savage adaptation of Japanese author and anti-nuclear activist Yoko Hayasuke’s “Journal of a Radioactive Brain”, a radical account of the psycho-subjective consequences of the nuclear accident in Fukushima from the perspective of a women’s body in contemporary Japan.

The Voyage Out: Embrace Tiger Return to Mountain is the most recent incantation of this long filmmaking process, presented at Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2022, as a multi-channel installation bringing together a series of autonomous sequences that constantly defy unity. Vaz will be sharing this work-in-process for the FSC workshop questioning and expanding her engagement with a cinema that exists and circulates beyond the screens, through multiple spaces and experiences.

Ana will also be in person to screen her films at the Harvard FIlm Archive on February 4 & 5.

This event is open to FSC fellows, CMP students, AFVS students, and AFVS community