Strange Object

(2020) 15 minutes, HD

The Z Unit’s operation in a world far from our own was an experiment of sorts, a test. And this place, inhabited by beings different from ourselves, served as a laboratory. A successful outcome would secure the Z Unit’s future, enabling its enterprise to expand and its methods to be applied to other worlds.

An investigation into imperial image-making, and destruction.

“Remind[s] us how history is written by the victors and narratives are shaped by the powerful”  Cineuropa, Feb 2021

Strange Object uses aerial photographs of an undisclosed colonised territory as the starting point for a meditation on images, erasure and the writing of history. This is the first part of an ongoing project.

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