Cultural Program | Film screening Culture Lab Ballroom
Jul 04, 2023 14:00 - 15:30(Europe/London)
20230704T1400 20230704T1530 Europe/London SHORTS: Trojan Women (dir. Vicky Karaiskou) and A Short Film About Nostalgia (dir. Geetha Jayaraman)

Trojan Women is an anti-war narrative of 17' minutes based on Euripides' homonymous tragedy. The 'script' is a compilation of excerpts from poets, writers and play writers, historians, philosophers, sophists, rhetoricians, and composers throughout the centuries. In this version, Helen is the symbol of illusive beliefs and pursuits, and the Trojan War denotes abuse of power. The narrative comments the fallacy of assumptions; the limitations of dominant narratives; and the illusive nature of 'truth'. The repetition of the phrase "truth, where is the truth' is central in this version and implies the different realities that our perceptions produce as well as the futility of any kind of conflict or confrontation, much less of any war. The idea and the production of the film belongs to Dr. Vicky Karaiskou, Associate Professor at the Open University of Cyprus and UNESCO Chair holder on "Visual Anticipation and Futures Literacy for Visual Literacy".

Vicky Karaiskou is Associate Professor at the Open University of Cyprus and Director of the UNESCO Chair on Visual Anticipation and Futures Literacy towards Visual Literacy. She has been visiting professor at universities in Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and Andrew J. Mellon Distinguished Visitor-in-Residence in the Fine Arts at Macalester College, USA. In her research activity, she explores issues of art and power; visuality and visual literacy; cultural and national memory and identities; and commemoration. Currently she focuses on the implications of cultural and national visual narratives on memory and identity politics. More on her work at https://ouc.ac.cy/unesco-chair and at https://www.ouc.ac.cy/index.php/el/profiles/vicky-karaiskou

A Short Film About Nostalgia blends together a personal nos ...

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Trojan Women is an anti-war narrative of 17' minutes based on Euripides' homonymous tragedy. The 'script' is a compilation of excerpts from poets, writers and play writers, historians, philosophers, sophists, rhetoricians, and composers throughout the centuries. In this version, Helen is the symbol of illusive beliefs and pursuits, and the Trojan War denotes abuse of power. The narrative comments the fallacy of assumptions; the limitations of dominant narratives; and the illusive nature of 'truth'. The repetition of the phrase "truth, where is the truth' is central in this version and implies the different realities that our perceptions produce as well as the futility of any kind of conflict or confrontation, much less of any war. The idea and the production of the film belongs to Dr. Vicky Karaiskou, Associate Professor at the Open University of Cyprus and UNESCO Chair holder on "Visual Anticipation and Futures Literacy for Visual Literacy".

Vicky Karaiskou is Associate Professor at the Open University of Cyprus and Director of the UNESCO Chair on Visual Anticipation and Futures Literacy towards Visual Literacy. She has been visiting professor at universities in Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and Andrew J. Mellon Distinguished Visitor-in-Residence in the Fine Arts at Macalester College, USA. In her research activity, she explores issues of art and power; visuality and visual literacy; cultural and national memory and identities; and commemoration. Currently she focuses on the implications of cultural and national visual narratives on memory and identity politics. More on her work at https://ouc.ac.cy/unesco-chair and at https://www.ouc.ac.cy/index.php/el/profiles/vicky-karaiskou


A Short Film About Nostalgia blends together a personal nostalgia with a technological and political nostalgia. Old record players, plastic records, rundown VCRs, a disappearing hobby like amateur ham radio along with legendary Indian star Raj Kapoor's popularity in the Soviet Union and beautiful illustrated books of Russian fairy tales and classic novels in India, especially Kerala, refer to a time gone, a generation gone. Through all this the film raises the question of what does a song mean to a child in a far-off land? What is the quality of the music that enraptures the girl?Where no one knows the language or has any references to it, is the meaning in the imagination. A Short Film About Nostalgia is also a meditation on music and Geetha's salute to the Soviet influence on her generation.

Geetha Jayaraman is a writer, director and producer who lectures at Film@CultureLab, Newcastle University, UK. Her critically applauded debut feature film about a young female cook, RUN KALYANI (2019) travelled to several festivals, winning nine awards. She began her career as a journalist but her interest in theory and practice led her to making her first film, Woman with a Video Camera (2005) at a time when Kerala had hardly any women filmmakers. A Short Film About Nostalgia (2006) is the second in a trilogy of films on women's subjectivity. 

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School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University
Associate Professor
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Open University of Cyprus
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