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Shapeshifters (12A*) + ScreenTalk with Sophie Vuković

Part of Chronic Youth Film Festival

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When filmmaker Sophie Vuković has a chance encounter with an old friend at a demonstration, it provokes a wistful but self-assured exploration of her personal and global identity.

Tracing her ancestry through her parents’ migration from Eastern to Northern Europe via Australia, we are brought into the home and world of a family both 'moving and tethered.

Through a diverse mix of film styles, the director combines the personal and the political through a gentle first-person narration. Relating the experience of globalised and marginalised identities the world over, Shapeshifters beautifully portrays the yearning for a fixed and stable identity, while wholeheartedly embracing the internationalist spirit that transcends the borders implicit in such an identity. Always on the cusp of two or more cultures, Vuković examines the lasting effects of one generation’s choice to migrate on the next.

We're delighted to welcome filmmaker Sophie Vuković to talk about the film after the screening. 

Sweden 2017 Dir Sophie Vuković 85 min

Please arrive promptly at the advertised start time

Proof of ID may be requested on entry to films, in compliance with BBFC ratings


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Introducing: Chronic Youth Film Festival

Our Young Programmers Arjun, Victoria, DipoVaradhraj and Thomas introduce a few of the films showing at this year's Chronic Youth Film Festival.

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