Film Screening: until you became me

A screening of short films taking place within an historic tidal mill exploring themes of the body, water, ecology and our relationship to the environment.

at The House Mill

The programme has been curated for the works’ diverse and original treatment of their subjects, and include a film created especially for the event by Ingrid Pumayalla and featuring ‘Serpent River’ by Sandra Lahire. The screening is part of the ‘until you became me’ exhibition programme.

“Small Wet Mouth” by Ker Wallwork explores gendered experiences of porousness, dissatisfaction and miscommunication, through material play and narrative text. The work explores how naturally and unnaturally occurring materials may permeate bodies, particularly focussing on the hormonal messengers endocrine disruptors which boost oestrogen, testosterone and/or block oestrogen.

"Serpent River" by Sandra Lahire, lies in what seems like unspoilt territory in North Ontario. But Serpent River springs out at a Uranium Mine and its tailings (radioactive waste). Beautiful but violent images are interwoven to create an experimental documentary about the hazardous existence of the Serpent River community. This film is part of a trilogy of anti-nuclear films making visible the invisible menace of radioactivity.

“Cantos al agua” by Ingrid Pumayalla created in her native Peru explores how the vitality of water can be read in its absence. A series of interventions inside of the landscape of the ruins of Chan Chan (Chimu 900 AD) to reconstruct symbols of water and geoglyphs from the Chimu culture. The geoglyph held knowledge of the relevance of water inside this culture that built their cities in the desert. Adjusting to this difficult environment, the Chimu developed technologies and understanding of its landscape and environment to expand their culture from Ecuador to Lima (900km).

“The Elements: Part 1 Water” by Annette Fry begins with the sound of a dripping tap in a kitchen and becomes a beautiful journey of water from drip to torrent, from sink to sea. Enjoy the flow, each drop is a part of the great ocean.

“Seafarer” by Annette Fry—At 3.30 one morning I received a call from a friend: “Please come to video the birth”. I did, waiting for hours during the birthing pains, in a tiny bedroom and at last rushing to hospital to capture those precious moments. It was like the incoming tide, salty, slow and then rushing to its height. The oceans, our bodies, in all their salty beauty.

“Water’s Breath” by Miriam Sedacca, filmed in the Peruvian Amazon explores the pervasive and saturating presence of water in the rainforest of Madre de Dios. In an environment where the air is made of 77-88% water, this vital and fecund element soaks everything with life and bathes life into being.

until you became me

Opening Times
Event: Thursday 11 July, 7-9pm

The House Mill
Three Mill Lane, Bromley-by-Bow,
E3 3DU