Laura Horelli’s Uutisten aika in the Shorts Competition of DocAviv

Laura Horelli’s Uutisten aika (“Newstime”, 2019) will be screened in the Shorts Competition of Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, DocAviv, held from May 23 to June 1. The screenings of Uutisten aika take place on Saturday, May 25, at 17:30, and on Friday, May 31, at 16:00.

Uutisten aika (Newstime) is a new film with found-footage dealing with cultural differences, being an outsider, Namibia’s struggle for independence and Finland’s long-term relation with the SWAPO. On the images level, we see archive material from the Finnish broadcast station YLE. On the soundtrack we meet Ellen Ndeshi Namhila, a well-known writer and historian from Namibia, who reads from her autobiography The Price of Freedom. In the 1980s Namhila came via an academic programme to Tampere, a small town in Finland, where she studied library science. In parallel to Namhila’s personal narrative we learn through the historical film footage of the official history of those years.

Laura Horelli (b. 1976, Helsinki) lives in Berlin and works with experimental documentary video. She is interested in representations and mediations of the past taking on a microhistorical approach. Her works have been exhibited at Venice Biennale (2001, 2009), Manifesta 5, (2004), ARS 11, Kiasma (2001, 2011), Galerie Barbara Weiss (2003, 2007, 2011) and Badischer Kunstverein (2014). She has participated in film festivals like Berlinale Forum Expanded (2017, 2018), ISFF Oberhausen (2018), IndieLisboa (2017), Kasseler Dokfest (2013) and CPH:DOX (2009). In 2011, she received the Hannah Höch Prize for Young Artists.

The Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival – DocAviv, May 25 – June 1, 2019, Tel Aviv, Israel

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