Fri 7 March 2014 – Sun 9 March 2014

This special weekend welcomes leading filmmakers in person to screen their rarely seen work. The focus on postcolonial cinema explores the complex histories and material traces of past colonial inequalities through contemporary strategies across documentary and fiction including: manipulation of archival footage, re-construction, re-enactment and the essay-film. Each filmmaker addresses the very real ghosts of the colonial past. 

The weekend includes the regional premiere screening of twelve films in person by filmmakers: Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi (Italy), Gabriel Abrantes (Portugal), Duncan Campbell (Scotland), Sven Augustijnen (Belgium) and Mathieu Kleybe Abonnenc (French Guiana/Paris).

Each screening is accompanied with a Q&A featuring the filmmakers and artists.

Sight & Sound are media partner for AV Festival 14: Extraction


Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi: Pays Barbare

Fri 7 March 2014, 8.45pm 

Tyneside Cinema

This new work selects and edits recently discovered Italian colonial films of the 1920s and 1930s, to show the atrocities of... more

Gabriel Abrantes: Palacios de Pena

Sat 8 March 2014, 11.30am

Star and Shadow Cinema

In a parable on guilt and oppression, which alludes to aspects of Portuguese colonial history, two cousins... more

Sven Augustijnen: Spectres

Sat 8 March 2014, 2pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Fifty years after his assassination, Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo, is back to haunt Belgium. Through commemorations... more

Duncan Campbell: It for Others

Sat 8 March 2014, 5pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Duncan Campbell has taken Chris Marker and Alain Resnais’ 1953 film Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues also Die) as both source and artefact, to pursue a... more

Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi: Images of the East, Barbaric Tourism

Sat 8 March 2014, 9pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

The filmmakers use footage shot in India by tourists in the late 1920s to illustrate the elitist attitudes... more

Gabriel Abrantes: A History of Mutual Respect, Liberdade, Ornithes

Sun 9 March 2014, 11am

Star and Shadow Cinema

Shot in Portugal, Brazil and Argentina, A History of Mutual Respect, 2010, responds to... more

Mathieu Kleyebe Abbonenc with Will Rose: Africa Addio

Sun 9 March 2014, 2pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Made in 1966 by Italian filmmakers Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco E. Prosperi, Africa Addio is a shock-documentary... more

Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi: Electric Fragments Nos. 4, 5: Asia-Africa

Sun 9 March 2014, 5.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Archival material from the 1970s reveals social problems in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kashmir... more

Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi: From the Pole to the Equator

Sun 9 March 2014, 8.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

This experimental film is drawn from the 1910 archives of Luca Comerio a pioneering... more