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Reflections on Sovereignty 1: Citizens of Nowhere (N/C 15+)

16 March

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  • C Captioned
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In the month in which the British government is expected to invoke Article 50 and commence EU exit negotiations, GSFF takes a wider view, considering notions of nationhood and borders both physical and cultural. We have invited curators from imagineNATIVE, the world’s largest showcase of Indigenous-made screen content, and Dokufest, the leading film festival in Kosovo, to propose programmes of short films exploring sovereignty in distinctive ways.

GSFF’s own programme examines Scottish and British identity in the wake of the Brexit vote, and considers whether the positive debate surrounding the 2014 referendum has given way to factionalism and entrenchment.

Read more about the strand here.

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"We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation"

Matt Hulse's video message to Scotland (from China) on the day of IndyRef 2014. With love.

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  • Director Matt Hulse
  • Country China, UK
  • Year 2014
  • Duration 4 min
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The Lion and the Unicorn

The lion, the unicorn and the queen drink North-sea oil from Jacobite crystal, divide up the pieces of a Union Jack cake and incite conflict over the mispronunciation of Robert Burns.

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  • Director Rachel Maclean
  • Country UK
  • Year 2012
  • Duration 12 min
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Time and the Wave

Key London events filmed in 2012 and 2013 are utilised to expose the condition of this country in the time of crisis of late capitalism.

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  • Director William Raban
  • Country UK
  • Year 2013
  • Duration 15 min
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The European Showerbath

Fifteen European countries optimistically step one by one into the warm shower bath of the European Community. But the water supply is limited...

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  • Director Peter Greenaway
  • Country UK
  • Year 2004
  • Duration 6 min
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Manufactured Britishness

What is the future of citizenship in Britain and what new rules will be proposed for immigrants to become citizens?

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  • Director Kristina Cranfeld
  • Country UK
  • Year 2013
  • Duration 14 min
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The Lawes of the Marches

A document of the ancient border tradition of the Common Ridings, a 700 year old ritual of communal horse riding, all along the border of England and Scotland.

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  • Director Katie Davies
  • Country UK
  • Year 2014
  • Duration 17 min
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Five Angels

A Scottish perspective on Brexit. Featuring some thinking about nails as a means to invoke angelic intervention.

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  • Director Richard Ashrowan
  • Country UK
  • Year 2016
  • Duration 5 min
  • Certificate N/C 15+
  • Running time 1h30m
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