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Yalda afsah
Vidourle
Documentary | mov | color | 10'0'' | Germany | 2019
Named after its setting, the French river Vidourle, Yalda Afsah’s film documents a strange and subtly unnerving choreography, capturing a group of young men performing what could be a ritual, a spectacle, a game, or a fight. In their collective movements as well as individual moments of concentration, anticipation and occasional forlornness, the adrenalin-fuelled adolescent protagonists seem to embody the frailty of the human condition awaiting an environmental change, much like an unexpectedly forceful current in a river.
Yalda Afsah?explores how space can be cinematically constructed and the documentary character of her works often veers towards forms of theatricality.?This formal characteristic of?Afsah’s?practice is conceptually mirrored in her documentary portraits of human-animal relationships that reveal an ambivalence between care and control, physical strength and broken will, instinct and?manipulation. Afsah?seeks to question and to dissolve these dichotomies, while carving out a space to reflect on the possibility of an overarching empathy between species.