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Film Screening | MONITOR 15 | Clearings in the Fog

Friday, June 23 | Food & Social at 7pm | Screening at 8pm

Duration: 72 minutes | Free admission

Featuring short films by Mani Mazinani, Ali Satri Efendi, Abeer Khan, Nimisha Srivastava, Nada El-Omari, and Paribartana Mohanty

In Clearings in the Fog, artists turn to their landscapes and bodies for resonance, reverberation, and echo. Through various forms and narrative structures, each film creates modulating relations that animate insides and outsides, subjects and objects, forms of sensing and sounding with worlds folding and unfolding. Sound and listening become central, guiding forces through the shifting temporalities of each piece as well as the program as a whole. In searching for clearings, we arrive at gestures that bring attention to acts of hearing, tensions between the audible and inaudible, and what slips in and out of visual inscription and forms of witnessing.

SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) is thrilled to present a screening of MONITOR 15: Clearings in the Fog in partnership with Struts. MONITOR showcases experimental short films and videos that initiate dialogue around the shifting nature of politics, economies, and landscapes across the Global South and its diasporas.

Accessibility: Films will include closed captioning.

The screening will be outside, weather permitting. In case of rain, the screening will be held inside. Masks are mandatory inside Struts Gallery.

The program contains mature content and is not suitable for children.


Mani Mazinani (b.1984, Tehran) is a Tkaronto-based artist making installation, video, film, sculpture, photographs, multiples, sound and music. His practice evolved from an early interest in sound recording, now working with the process of translating thoughts into recordings. His visual work thinks about scale and perception, often combining subject matter and medium. Mazinani is currently researching origins of ancient thought, perceptual limitations of humans, and improvisation. Recent exhibitions/performances include Tate Modern (2019), The Bentway, Toronto (2018),Tehran International Electronic Music Festival (2017), SIP Culture Centre, Suzhou (2016), Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2015), CAB Art Centre, Brussels (2013).

Ali Satri Efendi is an educator who loves films, books, music & running. He writes short stories, poems and various articles. He often makes films alone with simple technique and tools. His works have been screened at ARKIPEL: Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, Minikino Bali, Images Forum, Festival Film Dokumenter.

Abeer Khan is a Mumbai-based filmmaker and photographer with a passion for storytelling that transcends traditional mediums. With years of experience in photography and a deep fascination with cinema, Abeer has perfected the art of blending these two passions to create compelling visual narratives that challenge the boundaries of the human experience.

Nimisha Srivastava’s films and art reflects intersectional feminist themes and human rights issues. She has been involved with various projects that deal with the personal and political in evocative and Avant-Garde ways. Her poetry makes up for a large personal archive and she has been a choreographer and performer of both poetry and dance, often together.

Nada El-Omari is a filmmaker and writer of Palestinian and Egyptian origin based in Montreal, Quebec. She has centered her practice and research interests on the intergenerational transmissions of memories, displacement and the stories of belonging and identity through a poetic, hybrid lens.

Paribartana Mohanty is a visual artist and storyteller based in Delhi. His work explores new environment-disaster-landscapes emerging near the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Odisha, that study the deep impacts of recurring cyclones, tsunamis, and land erosion on marginal communities, nature, and culture.

Faraz Anoushahpour is an artist, filmmaker, and programmer originally from Tehran and currently based in Toronto. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Architectural Association (London, UK), and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from OCAD University (Toronto). He was part of the programming team at Images Festival (2014-2018), and a current member of the Reassemblage Collective in Toronto. Shifting between both gallery and cinema contexts, his recent collaborative projects have been presented at the Flaherty Seminar, Berlinale, Punto De Vista International Documentary Festival, Viennale, Media City Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and others internationally.

SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) is a non-profit, artist-run centre in Canada dedicated to increasing the visibility of culturally diverse artists by curating and exhibiting their work, providing mentorship, facilitating professional development and creating a community for our artists. SAVAC was founded to be an organization staffed by people of colour, committed to support the work of artists of colour.


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