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HD 16:9

Colour

Non-spoken

16'41"

 

 

Ria Pacquée is a keen observer of public life. In As long as I see birds flying I know I am alive, she brings together a collection of recordings she made during her travels and walks in Paris, Kathmandu, Athens, Istanbul, Bruges, New York, Varanasi and Antwerp.

 

By juxtaposing images of the sacred with those of a very worldly nature she undercuts the anthropological, scientific potential of her material - a disorienting strategy often used by Pacquée. Two recurring elements, clouds of drifting smoke and prowling birds, evoke a dreamlike and looming atmosphere which makes even the most common gesture appear as being part of an age-old ritual.

 

The film was screened or exhibited at:

 

  • Visite Film Festival, Antwerpen (BE) 2018

Credits:

 

  • Produced by Escautville

  • Cinematography and Editing: Ria Pacquée

  • Sound: Rufus Michielsen

 

As Long As I See Birds Flying I Know I Am Alive, 2015 | excerpt

WARNING: Graphic video, content might shock, offend and upset