As part of the video art festival paradoks we are happy to present the films
Amel Alzakout, Khaled Abdulwahed, GER 2020, 67 ́, Arabic with English subtitles
SHIPWRECK AT THE THRESHOLD OF EUROPE, LESVOS, AEGEAN SEA: 28 OCTOBER 2015
Forensic Architecture, GBR 2020, 24 ́, English without subtitles
in the presence of Amel Alzakout and Christina Varvia (Forensic Architecture).
The screening will take place on Oct 28, 2021 at 7 pm at the GfZK/Neubau (Karl–Tauchnitz–Str. 9 – 11, Leipzig). Admission is free.
Exactly 6 years ago, a migrant boat left the coast of Western Turkey heading to the Greek island of Lesbos. Worn and overcrowded with more than 300 passengers, it sank just a few metres after reaching EU territorial waters. PURPLE SEA tells the story of the shipwreck from the inside perspective of artist and filmmaker Amel Alzakout, who was a passenger on the ship and filmed it sinking with a camera attached to her wrist.
SHIPWRECK AT THE THRESHOLD OF EUROPE, LESVOS, AEGEAN SEA: 28 OCTOBER 2015 by research group Forensic Architecture analyses the incident by cross-referencing the footage of PURPLE SEA alongside weather data, satellite images and additional footage – whose producers include the Greek coastguard as well as photographer Richard Mosse, who happened to record the event with a high-resolution thermal imaging camera. Their work delivers a precise reconstruction of the events in which at least 43 people lost their lives while shedding light on the larger context of European boarder policies.
PURPLE SEA, Amel Alzakout, Khaled Abdulwahed, 2020
SHIPWRECK AT THE THRESHOLD OF EUROPE, LESVOS, AEGEAN SEA: 28 OCTOBER 2015, Forensic Architecture, 2020