Pilvi Takala’s The Stroker (2019), Azar Saiyar’s Monument of Distance (2018), and Jaakko Pallasvuo’s Heterosexual Love Story (2018) will be shown at the 36th Kasseler Dokfest held from 12-17 November in Kassel, Germany.
The Stroker is based on Takala’s two week-long intervention at Second Home, a trendy East London coworking space for young entrepreneurs and startups. During the intervention Takala posed as a wellness consultant named Nina Nieminen, the founder of cutting-edge company Personnel Touch who were allegedly employed by Second Home to provide touching services in the workplace.
In Monument of Distance, Googoosh, a popular and loved iranian-azerbaijani singer, performs a version of the song Ayrılıq – Separation. The performance is from 1970s television show and it has been copied several times from one videotape to another. Ayrılıq could be a love song but it is told that composer Ali Salimi (who had migrated from Soviet Azerbaijan to Iran and left behind his home and loved ones) wanted to make music about his sense of longing.
In Heterosexual Love Story, the filmmaker tiredly narrates a stereotypical, imagined encounter between a man and woman, abroad two different ships passing each other in the night.
The 36th Kasseler Dokfest, November 12-17, Kassel, Germany
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