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Film Festival Reports

TIFF 2018. WAVELENGTHS: ADA KALEH BY HELENA WITTMANN AND SIRA BY ROLLA TAHIR

By Aldo Padilla

The history of the extinct island of Ada Kaleh reminds us of the background story of Jia Zhang-Ke’s Still life: a hydroelectric plant whose construction destroys the surrounding towns, with the excuse of the unlimited need for energy. The case of this Turkish island had a similar fate with its disappearance during the 70’s. The idea of ??a ghost or a submerged island is represented by Wittman in the beginning of her short film with a wall where the humidity has left traces of a kind of map with the remains of paint that cling to the surface, while a mandarin voice talks about people in search of territory in a poem. The invented map of an imaginary island, the pccult map of a submerged island, with people floating in its nonexistence, a map that seems to show countries that do not welcome the wondering ghosts, because they cannot be determined.

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