HORIZON OF EXILE

Film for installation and cinematic presentation

IMZ DANCE SCREEN AWARD 2007 - 'Best Screen Choreography', The Hague
CHOREOGRAPHY MEDIA HONORS AWARD 2008 - Dance Camera West, L.A

ULTIMATE PANEL'S CHOICE AWARD 2008, Jumping Frames, Hong Kong
JURY SPECIAL MENTION 2009, Il Coreografo Elettronico, PAN Museum, Naples

"An original treatment of a social theme... an existential, emotive imaginary of exile... uniting the suggestion of place to that of experimental choreography"
Veronica D'Auria, Luxflux Arte Contemporanea, Italy, Nov 2007

“In the 21 minutes of Horizon it seems as though there is no choreography, nonetheless everything is in movement, that same oscillation found in the interior journeys of films by Angelopolous, Egoyan and Tarkovski... Rocamora surprises us with a work which is boundaryless, arriving at ‘another place’, its own place, the perfect site for the distinct world of feelings to be found in Horizon.”
Ferrán Mateo, Porladanza Magazine, Spain, Summer 2008

Horizon of Exile follows the journey of exile of two women across timeless desert landscapes. Strongly referencing Middle Eastern culture the film reflects on the female condition; self-image, belonging and effacement. Within a cinematic framework punctuated by voice testimonies of Iraqi exiles, Horizon employs choreographed gesture to consider issues of land and identity. Set to a soundtrack by Jivan Gasparyan the bodies betray a serene violence, travelling as though released from consciousness or gravity, falling and recuperating, haunted by an irrepressible past.

The film particularly looks at female identity echoing cultures where woman is forced to leave her country in order to salvage her sense of self. In this way Horizon strongly references particular Middle Eastern contexts while wishing to treat universal questions surrounding self-image, belonging and effacement.

Positioning itself between the cinematic, the real and the performative the work sits somewhere between fiction, representation and metaphor. Testimonies of Kurdish and central Iraqi women, today living in London, inform the unfolding of the narrative, in particular the stories of Surma Hamid and Nadia Mahmood. Alongside are testimonies of two older women, also exiles, now local to the landscapes of the Atacama desert, Chile (where the film was shot). This chorus of voices carries, on the one hand strong memories of female circumscision, erasure and escape, and on the other simple images of a distant childhood home.

Shot on S16 mm the photography wishes to capture the epic nature of the landscapes, bringing to the fore a beauty which often sits uncomfortably with the film’s emotive subconscious.

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Director/chor/editor: Isabel Rocamora
Cast: Paulina Garrido, Camila Valenzuela
Photography: Nic Knowland
Costumes: Lorena Zilleruelo
Sound design: Paul Cowgill
Producer: Isabel Rocamora
Chile production Manager: Paulo Parra


Production company: Infinito Productions
Hosted in Chile by: Parox Films
Format: S16 mm film
Duration: 22 minutes
Commissioned by: dance.tech
Funded by: Arts Council England

ISABEL ROCAMORA