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Essay Film Festival 2022
Institute of Contemporary Arts
19 March – 8 April 2022

From the Planet of the Humans (Dal pianeta degli umani), dir. Giovanni Cioni, Italy / Belgium / France 2021, 83 min.

The Essay Film Festival returns to the ICA for its eighth edition, with a focus on politically engaged and collectively authored essayistic film practices.

In partnership with Cinenova, the EFF presents The Work We Share, four programmes of recently restored films made by women from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Australia and Italy, exploring diverse aspects of women’s political struggles and everyday experiences through a wide range of formal approaches, critical interventions, and ethical initiatives.

Several films in The Work We Share are made by women’s collectives, sharing a sense of collaborative effort and common political purpose. These features also characterise the artistic project of María Rojas Arias and Andrés Jurado who, as the group La Vulcanizadora, examine the hidden histories of social movements and workers’ culture in Colombia, creating a vibrant and artistically rich archive of resistance.

Finally, the EFF is proud to show a wonderful contemporary essay film by Giovanni Cioni, whose From the Planet of the Humans is a philosophical and playful rumination on migration, memory, mortality and the fragility of existence.

Creative and critical, performative and political, the essay film is the cutting edge of cinema’s engagement with the world.

Multibuy offer: 3 events of your choice for £27 Full, £21 Concessions 

Saturday 19 March, 4:00pm
Cinenova: The Work We Share – Programme 1
Three works exploring questions around black women’s identity and subjectivity.

Saturday 19 March, 6:30pm
Cinenova: The Work We Share – Programme 2
Three works which responds to themes relating to the notion of the body.

Sunday 20 March 2022, 2:30pm
Cinenova: The Work We Share – Programme 3
Two works made by film collectives promoting awareness of women’s rights at work and exploring the potential for meaningful change.

Sunday 20 March, 4:30pm
Cinenova: The Work We Share – Programme 4
Two short documentaries dealing with working class women’s experiences in Italy and the UK during the 1970s.

Tuesday 22 March, 6:30pm
Memories of rural resistance: María Rojas Arias & Andrés Jurado + Q&A
This programme brings together works by María Rojas Arias and Andrés Jurado, founding members of creative laboratory La Vulcanizadora.

Wednesday 23 March, 8:45pm
From the Planet of the Humans + Q&A
Giovanni Cioni’s essay film about man’s attempt to cope with death, told as a fantastic tale from a fragile planet.

Friday 8 April, 6:15pm
Blind Spot (Die Reise nach Lyon / Le voyage à Lyon) + Q&A
The Essay Film Festival and Goethe-Institut London in collaboration with the ICA present the recent restoration of Claudia von Alemann’s 1981 feature-length film.