Purple Sea

  • 3 films

When the boat on which she was crossing to Europe capsized off the coast of Lesbos, Syrian artist Amel Alzakout recorded the events using a waterproof camera strapped to her wrist. Co-directed with filmmaker Khaled Abdulwahed, Purple Sea is assembled from the extraordinary images captured during the period she and the other passengers spent trapped in the water. Adrift on the open sea, time seems to stand still as—beyond the chaos and a chorus of cries—a terrible calm descends. Alzakout poignantly narrates her perilous journey, and her poetic commentary feeds into a confrontational psychological reflection on this moment of personal crisis and collective tragedy.

Screens with: Shipwreck at the Threshold of Europe, Lesvos, Aegean Sea Forensic Architecture | 2020 | UK | 23’

3 Logical Exits Mahdi Fleifel | 2020 | Denmark, United Kingdom, Lebanon | 15’

Please be advised that a film within this programme contains images of death which some viewers may find distressing

Read a commissioned piece on Purple Sea by Kevin B. Lee here.

Available: Block 2 (Sat 12th Sept midday – Tue 15th Sept midnight BST) For UK audiences, the films in this programme will display as Not Available until you have purchased the bundle. They will become available for viewing on the dates listed above.

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Content included in this bundle

Purple Sea (2020)
  • Documentary
  • 1h 7m
Shipwreck at the Threshold of Europe, Lesvos, Aegean Sea (2020)
  • Documentary
  • 23min
3 Logical Exits (2020)
  • Documentary
  • 15min