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Sonic Agency

Curated by Archive of Belonging

The screening is followed by a talk with Lisa Hoffmann, Adela Lovric,Sarnt Utamachote and a live music performance by Oyèmi Noize.

Border Farce
Safdar Ahmed, Alia Ardon, Australia, 2022, 16 min. English, DCP

Pacific Club
Valentin Noujaïm, France, Qatar 2023, 17 min. French with English subtitles, DCP

Sonic Reverbs
Sarnt Utamachote, Germany 2023, 22 min. English, German, Portuguese with English and Spanish subtitles, DCP

Borrowing its title from Brandon LaBelle’s eponymous book, this program highlights the idea of sound as an access point to agency; a means of finding new social formations and creatively negotiating systems of domination. Pacific Club tells the story of the first Parisian nightclub for Arabs from the suburbs, whose dreams of integrating into France soon got wiped out by adversities. Heavy metal becomes a lifeline for characters in Border Farce, a short film reflecting on Australia’s cruel policies of refugee detention and the creative ways of resisting the conditions of incarceration. In Sonic Reverbs, Berlin-based musicians surprise their friends or relatives with a song, triggering deep mutual appreciation and conversations about their marginalized kinship. (AL)

Archive of Belonging is a site gathering practical, cultural and emotional resources for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. 

Oyèmi Noize is a musician. Her 2023 acoustic EP, I Know It Hurts But Trust Me We Will Be OK, explores subjects such as heartbreak, empowerment, mental health and community.

Sarnt Utamachote is a Southeast Asian nonbinary filmmaker and curator based in Berlin. They are a co-founder of un.thai.tled, an artist collective from the German-Thai diaspora.


BORDER FARCE, Safdar Ahmed
PACIFIC CLUB, Valentin Noujaïm
SONIC REVERBS, Sarnt Utamachote
Oyèmi Noize, ©Oyèmi Hessou