From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Kutchi Vahan Pani Wala
Shaina Anand, Ashok Sukumaran (CAMP) – India / UAE 2013 – 83 min.
D: Shaina Anand, Ashok Sukumaran (CAMP) – C: Siddik Umar Sanghar, Mrinal Desai, Junas Salemamad Bhagad, Ashok Sukumaran, Shaina Anand – S: Amala Popuri, Binil C Amakkadu, Shantanu Akerkar – E: Sreya Chatterjee – Material: anonyme Musikvideos – P+S: CAMP, Sharjah Art Foundation
HDV, SDV, VHS, mobile phone, Kutchi, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic
Abandoning the weighty mantle of auteur to become editor, and handing over the eye and the ear to the invisible ones, is the project of the Indian collective CAMP. Indeed, the material gleaned is the result of an exchange engaged in since 2009 with sailors who criss-cross the Arabian Sea from the Gulf of Kutch between India and Pakistan (whence they mostly originate) to the Persian Gulf and back. It is a long-term, large-scale project. Shot on a mobile phone, embellished with cheerful music deliberately chosen by these improvised directors, and destined to be addressed to their loved ones, what do these video-letters show us? Something spectacular, but to be distinguished from what is sold as that. On big wooden boats, which could be straight out of a costume drama, the adventure is that of the daily life of a “sea worker”. – Jean-Pierre Rehm & Nicolas Féodoroff
CAMP, is an artists' initiative, founded by Shaina Anand, Sanjay Bhangar and Ashok Sukumaran in Nov. 2007. Based in India.
Films: The Country of the Blind, and Other Stories 2011 – Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar/The Neighbour Before the House 2011 – Hum Logos 2012 – From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf 2013