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Sharla Shabana Sojourner Selena

Rehana Zaman

United Kingdom, United Kingdom, 2016
22 minutes, 14 seconds, Colour, Stereo, 16:9
Original format: HD video
Available formats: HD Video / / / HD Digital file

Sharla Shabana Sojourner Selena sees six female narrators share personal experiences in an audition roll call, some scripted, some spontaneous. Their testimonies describe perverse scenarios where racialisation and gender dynamics inflect the encounters of each protagonist in workplace encounters, religious gatherings or sexual trysts. The script for the film uses excerpts and references from psychosocial texts (Experiences in Groups by W.R Bion) and experimental feminist films (Soft Fiction, by Chick Strand and What You Take for Granted by Michelle Citron). Stories are intercut with moments of physical contact in a beauty salon, a space where inter-corporeality and pleasure is offered as an alternative to the anxieties of collective experience.