As part of their impressive ‘But Where Are You Really From?’ U.K. tour, T A P E Collective are presenting a three-part series of programmes of short films by mixed heritage filmmakers around the themes of identity and heritage, othering and belonging in film and society and the trouble of melting pots.

Trippin’ Over My Tongue forms the second part of this series. 

Whether it’s learning or losing a language, this collection of shorts looks at the barriers raised when the mother tongue isn’t as fluent as we want, or the words simply slip away. How do we connect to our culture when a language has been lost, and who do we turn to to serve as translators or teachers?

Taarof: A Verbal DanceA young woman attends the funeral of her estranged father and trips on the customs and traditional ideals of what it is to be an Iranian woman.UK 2018 Dir Alannah Olivia 17 minOn The Threshold Of LibertyAn examination of a breakdown on one’s own language. It is a record of a personal struggle in trying to construct meaning as an outsider in foreign culture.Finland 1992 Heidi Tikka 12 minSorry, My Somali is not Very GoodA young Somali woman has trouble with her mother tongue and gets the encouragement she needs on a phone call with her father.UK 2020 Warda Mohamed 2 minMother’s Apricot CompoteA fragmentary narrative of two women whose lives are distant from each other yet hold traces of one another. This film conjures the ghosts that hover over the day to day lives of these two women; a rumination on the experience of the immigrant.UK 2020 Nia Fekri 23 minWithout WarningWithout Warning is about a girl who struggles to understand her heritage and identity as a sperm donor baby that grew up not looking like her parents. In an attempt to get to the bottom of ‘where she’s really from’, Ria approaches her Pakistani sperm donor father and hopes to learn more about her heritage through him.UK 2020 Emily Macrander 7 minI Bit My TongueShot in the summer of 2018 and fascinating in terms of its ethnography and cinematography, the filmmaker explores her dual cultural heritage and, in particular, the loss of a tool as underlying as language itself. Growing up in France in the 90s with a father who never spoke to her in Algerian meant the director’s link to her roots was broken, all the more considering language’s fundamental role as a way of bringing people together.France 2020 Dir Nina Khada 25 min

The screening of this collection of short films will be followed by a Q&A with a member of T A P E Collective. This performance forms part of the SOvember Weekender 2021.

Join us Upstairs at the Embassy on Saturday 27 November 2021

PLEASE NOTE: This installation is suitable for audiences aged 12+.  Note that some of the films in this series contain discussion of generation and ancestral trauma and references to sex, suicide, and racism.

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