WHERE IS HOME? IDENTITY, INTIMACY AND BELONGING IN THE WORK OF HEIDI HASSAN
Saturday April 4th, 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
317 Dundas St. West, Toronto, Ontario
56′ + Q & A following the film
Pay What You Can
In conjunction with: PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: MY OWN SKIN/ MI PROPIA PIEL
Heidi Hassan is a fundamental figure in the post-2000 panorama of Cuban diasporic cinemas. Her filmmaking is crucial to contextualize the experience of what Hamid Naficy has called “accented styles”: interstitials modes of filmmaking through which affective, first-person and selfreflexive audiovisual works emerge. Hassan explores different politics of place that reflect on the forms of citizenship, being and belonging faced by a racialized migrant woman filmmaker in the diaspora. Her presence as a guest artist in aluCine will allow diverse audiences to engage in conversations about multiple constructions of diasporic identity. The notions of home, borders and intimate spaces are essential in this program of autobiographical short films, some of which the filmmaker narrates and stars in.
Heidi Hassan (Havana, 1978) is a photographer, cinematographer and film director. After obtaining a Diploma in Photography Direction at the International Film and Television School (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, she studied Film Direction at Geneva’s Superior School of Arts and Design (HEAD). She has developed a personal ouvre with numerous collaborations as DP in short and feature fiction and documentary films. Hassan’s works have been exhibited in prestigious film festivals such as the Journée Suisse at Cannes, the Locarno Film Festival, Visions du Réel-Nyon, Clermont-Ferrand and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Her upcoming feature documentary Portrait à l’encre will be codirected with long-term friend and collaborator Patricia Pérez. She currently lives and works between Spain and Switzerland.
Films in this program:
Switzerland / Fiction / 2005 / 13′ / North American Premiere
A guide leads a group of illegal immigrants into a forest towards an uncertain future.
Switzerland / Experimental / 2007 / 5′ / International Premiere
What are the meanings of exile? What are we exiled from?
Switzerland / Fiction / 2007 / 18′ / Canadian Premiere
Between the past and the present, here and elsewhere, a young migrant mother wanders in Geneva. The film is an amazing immersion into the psyche of the female diasporic subject.
Orages d’été (Summer Storms)
Switzerland / Fiction / 2008 / 25′ / North American Premiere
The beginning of a love story inspires the filmmaker to put herself in scene. She reveals her loving life and privacy as she speaks about her doubts and desires facing the new relationship. Her story becomes a poetic portrait.