Jari Kallio’s and Essi Vesala’s Magma (2020, in featured image), Flis Holland’s Subserotic Bulge (2021), and Maija Tammi’s The Problem of the Hydra (2020) are screened at Kasseler DokFest, held from November 16–21 2021 on-site and online. All on-site screenings of these films take place on Saturday, November 20, in BaLi, KulturBahnhof Kassel, as well as online.
Magma will be screened at 11:15 in the programme “Hybrid Encounters“. Magma is a balm for soothing terrestrial aches, a memento of worlds not yet imagined. To exhale is the smallest possible ritual, one that has to do with memory: an old world, a lava lamp, the smell of gas, a suspended bubble; a sacrifice that is the end of all sacrifice.
Subserotic Bulge will be screened at 13:15 in the programme “Image Is Data Is Image“. In 2019 an iron meteorite was filed to dust, stirred into cream, and fed to 36 people. Flis’s uterus was rife with tumours soon after. Their belly swelled as a fleshy block pushed its way out at astonishing speed. From the first poke of a finger, to WebMD, to x-rays, every diagnostic tool came up short. But Flis’s telling of it is rather different to the medical notes. The video asks about diagnosis, and how certain people’s testimony is dismissed as unreliable. From meteorite falls to trans* experiences of the medical system, it’s a documentary that slips into sci-fi – and it’s not always clear which part is which.
The Problem of the Hydra is included in the midnight screening “Life in Loop”. The Problem of the Hydra is an experimental documentary film about the practical and metaphysical problems a small fresh-water polyp, known as Hydra, has caused since the 1700s to the present day. Contrary to most animals, Hydra vulgaris does not age – at all.
Kasseler DokFest, November 16–21 2021, Germany & online
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