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Recreations: Three Films on Children’s Play

Francis Alÿs: Ricochets

Two children eat biscuits on a street in an old photography from mid-20th Century.

A trio of films on childhood which form a dialogue with the documentary project Children’s Games, curated in response to our Francis Alÿs: Ricochets exhibition.

These films show different glimpses of childhood, from three distinct points of time and place. Forming a dialogue with Children’s Games (1999-present), which is an ongoing project documenting children at play around the world.

We begin in the streets of Tehran with The Bread and the Alley by the great Abbas Kiarostami. The image of the child has played a recurring role across his career, and in his debut work we follow a young boy wandering home who encounters a growling dog. 

We then travel back in time to the mid sixties and a wintery Amsterdam, in Beppie, in a classic of observational film by the celebrated Dutch documentary filmmaker Johan van der Keuken. The final film takes us into a school in Paris, in esteemed director Claire Simon's portrait of her daughter and her environment, in Récréations, and captures games.

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