The Sea Swells

Amir Gholami

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Amir Gholami, The Sea Swells (still), 2018.

Festival Forum: New York Kurdish Film and Cultural Festival 2021 The Sea Swells
Amir Gholami

16 Minutes
Rojhilat, East Kurdistan

Festival Forum

October 7–21, 2021

A fisherman lives a seemingly simple life in a shack in the middle of the ocean. However, the line between nightmare and reality blurs when the man is bombarded with the sights and sounds of battle. To find a measure of peace, the man begins making coffins for the war dead in this award-winning, surreal film.

The Sea Swells is one of twelve films picked by the programmers of the fifth edition of the New York Kurdish Film and Cultural Festival as part of a special feature on e-flux Video & Film, streaming for two weeks from October 7–21 and accompanied by a conversation between the festival’s founder Xeyal Qertel and e-flux’s Lukas Brasiskis. See the full program here.

The program is part of the series Festival Forum on e-flux Video & Film, presenting collaborations with established and emerging moving-image festivals from around the world.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

Film, War & Conflict
Fiction, Death, Water & The Sea, Middle East
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Amir Gholami (b. 1984, Iran) is a professor, film critic, and the director of several short and documentary films.


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