From Here is the latest short film from Unusuality Productions – an experiemental dance film exploring the occupation of indigenous people and their land.
The film begins in a serene time; life is good and plentiful. All beings are happy. A plant-like being is attached to the earth by its strong roots, grown tall and basking in the sun. Two more plant-like beings are growing up around the first, which shields them protectively.
The black-clad occupiers approach, moving amongst the beings and becoming close to them… All of a sudden, the occupiers are destroying what was once there. The plant-like beings change quickly – they become rougher, losing their innocence; they go from being beautiful and carefree to hostile with sharp thorns. The occupiers pull up one of the plant-like beings from the earth and take it away to plant elsewhere. They cut down another, and leave the last being to die where it is left…
From Here, directed by Unusuality’s founder Tariq Nasir, uses the magnificently expressive and cinematic mediums of dance and film to tell the story of a people’s connection to their land. The film completed shooting in late July 2013 and enjoyed it’s US premiere on January 16th at LABF NC at the Full Frame Theatre (Centre for Documentary Studies). Why not check out our photos below?