[NEW] Stories That Matter 2020: Who Cares | The Disappearance of My Mother


The Disappearance of My Mother
By Beniamino Barrese
Italy | 94min | Italian and English, with English subtitles | PG13
Post-screening discussion with Nurul Huda Rashid and Sharmeen/Sifar

  • Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection - CPH:DOX
Fiery and charismatic Barzini Barrese is a 75-year-old teacher, writer, feminist and fashion model who longs to disappear into obscurity, a desire borne from a lifetime spent in front of cameras. She harbours an intense distrust of images, arguing that photographs and films are a poor imitation of real life. On the other hand, her son wants to make a film about her, documenting her life in intimate detail. The film unfolds as an act of cinematic negotiation; Barzini is intensely resistant to the presence of the camera, but relents occasionally for love of her son. At once tender, violent, and enigmatic, the film poses difficult questions about truth and subjectivity in image-making, and the relationship between filmmaker and subject.

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Stories That Matter 2020: Who Cares
Curated by Chelsea Chua and Nurul Huda Rashid
Details at http://objectifs.com.sg/storiesthatmatter2020

WHO CARES reflects on how image-making and the act of looking are implicated in systems of care and responsibility, and how these systems are increasingly complicated by phenomena such as social media, surveillance and big data. It also looks at broader connections to community and caregiving, and how the art of documentary can raise awareness and incite action.

Stories That Matter is an annual programme presented by Objectifs that looks at critical issues and trends in non-fiction visual storytelling.


About the director:
Born in 1986, Beniamino Barrese graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Statale di Milano and International Political Economy from King’s College London, and later received his MA in Cinematography at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, UK. Since 2011, he has been working as a filmmaker, director of photography and photographer. His work as a DP includes fiction and documentary features, commercials, fashion films, music promos and short films, which have travelled around festivals worldwide. The Disappearance of My Mother is his first feature-length film as a director.

About the speakers:

Nurul Huda Rashid is a researcher-writer and photographer currently pursuing her PhD in Cultural Studies. She is interested in the study of narratives as medium, the spatial and bodily (gendered and other) as visual and sentient manifestations, and articulates them through written and visual projects. She has exhibited in group exhibitions, published in anthologies featuring women’s stories, and is currently working on a project entitled “Women in War”.

Sharmeen/Sifar's latest endeavours include organising a long-term community engagement program with Freedom Film Festival Singapore, and a collaborative video project with Tan Biyun about the last street vendors of Singapore. She puts her camera and editing skills towards collaborating with any intereted community in Singapore, in hopes of visually presenting lesser-known truths. She is motivated by urgent social issues such as natural history and societal lived experiences that have been overlooked. Her previous projects include an anti-rape video campaign for Slutwalk SG and a collaboration with upcoming director Vishal Daryanomel called Between Pudukkottai & Singapore - Poems by N Rengarajan, that featured a Tamil poet who works in the construction sector and is an economic migrant.


Header image: The Disappearance of My Mother by Beniamino Barrese
Stories That Matter 2020: Who Cares is supported by the Cultural Matching Fund.
Thu Jun 4, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM SGT
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