Screens with: Scenes with My Father
Biserka Šuran’s family fled Tito’s Yugoslavia for the Netherlands when she was only two. Her film is a ploy to question her father about the circumstances and repercussions of their emigration. While one can never recover the past of one’s parents, Šuran is interested in the possibilities of using a structured documentary setting to get at emotions that have been buried too deeply.
Screens with: The Hidden Spring
This meticulously shot essay by Radio National’s Jason Di Rosso contemplates distance: the distance from Sydney where he lives, to Perth where his father is dying. His father is both an architect and a convert to spiritualism – embodying the contradictions with which the film is wrestling. If the most profound things in life are the most abstract, what do you point your camera at?