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But Where Are You Really From? Trippin’ Over My Tongue (15*) + live poetry

T A P E Collective Presents (HOH Captioned)

A photographic still of a young woman and an older man having a coffee from Without Warning

Whether it’s learning or losing a language, the programme looks at the barriers raised when the mother tongue isn't as fluent as we want, or the words simply slip away.

How do we connect to our culture when a language has been lost, and who do we turn to to serve as translators or teachers?

The second in a three-part series presented by T A P E Collective, of programmes of short films by mixed heritage filmmakers around the themes of identity and heritage, exploring othering, belonging and the trouble of melting pots.

This screening begins with a live poetry performance by Shanay Neusum-James. If you’re running late, you may be asked to wait until the end of the poetry performances before admittance.

Event running time to be confirmed. 

Please note: this screening and its introduction and poetry performances are Hard of Hearing (HOH) captioned

Please note that some of the films contain discussion of generational and ancestral trauma and references to sex, suicide, and racism.

This programme contains flashing lights and may not suitable for people with certain types of epilepsy.


Taarof: A Verbal Dance
A young woman attends the funeral of her estranged father and trips on the customs and traditional ideals of what it is to be an Iranian woman.
UK 2018 Dir Alannah Olivia 17 min


On The Threshold Of Liberty
An examination of a breakdown on one’s own language. It is a record of a personal struggle in trying to construct meaning as an outsider in foreign culture.
Finland 1992 Heidi Tikka 12 min


Sorry, My Somali is not Very Good
A young Somali woman has trouble with her mother tongue and gets the encouragement she needs on a phone call with her father.
UK 2020 Warda Mohamed 2 min 


Mother’s Apricot Compote
A fragmentary narrative of two women whose lives are distant from each other yet hold traces of one another. This film conjures the ghosts that hover over the day to day lives of these two women; a rumination on the experience of the immigrant. 
UK 2020 Nia Fekri 23 min


Without Warning
Without Warning is about a girl who struggles to understand her heritage and identity as a sperm donor baby that grew up not looking like her parents. In an attempt to get to the bottom of ‘where she’s really from’, Ria approaches her Pakistani sperm donor father and hopes to learn more about her heritage through him. 
UK 2020 Emily Macrander 7 min


I Bit My Tongue 
Shot in the summer of 2018 and fascinating in terms of its ethnography and cinematography, the filmmaker explores her dual cultural heritage and, in particular, the loss of a tool as underlying as language itself. Growing up in France in the 90s with a father who never spoke to her in Algerian meant the director’s link to her roots was broken, all the more considering language’s fundamental role as a way of bringing people together.
France 2020 Dir Nina Khada 25 min

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