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Aleph + Q&A
Institute of Contemporary Arts
January 2022

Aleph, dir. Iva Radivojević, USA / Croatia / Qatar 2021, 91 min., Arabic / English / Greek / Nepalese / Serbo-Croatian / Spanish / Thai / Zulu with English subtitles

Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ The Aleph, Iva Radivojević’s film blends magical realism and narrative fiction with the methodologies and practices of nonfiction filmmaking. Departing from Argentina, Aleph leads us through an intertwining labyrinth of countries, film forms and perspectives in order to reach what Borges described as ‘the unimaginable universe’.

Radivojević’s journey compares prayer rituals of organised religions, while juxtaposing Bedouin nomads with name-brand sandals. Through short vignettes and parallel arches and archetypes, Aleph strives to reveal more about our inter-connectedness as a species. Unfolding as a dreamy reality from continent to continent, a philosophical travelogue in perpetuum mobile, Radivojević’s film makes for a hypnotic and transcendent journey.

This screening is a UK premiere and is followed by a Q&A with director Iva Radivojević, hosted by film director and producer Galina Stepanova.

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