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On a Wing and a Prayer

Alia Syed

United Kingdom, , 2016
18 minutes, 11 seconds, Colour, Stereo, 16:9
Original format: HD video
Available formats: HD Video / HD Digital file

On a Wing and a Prayer is a film inspired by Abdul Rahman Haroun, who walked through the channel tunnel on August 2015.Mr Haroun has since been granted Asylum but still faces being charged under The Malicious damages act of 1861. The language in this bylaw, when juxtaposed against the physical and emotional feat of traversing 30 miles of the Channel Tunnel supplies the terrain for this film. This film is a performative approximation of Mr Harouns journey achieved through filming my own walk through the Rotherhithe Tunnel. The journey is shot on two video cameras attached to my body. The first person view offered to the audience in my film invites a reciprocal investment in the physical and emotional exertion of the act; to sense with their whole bodies the relationship to the environment created by the cognitive dissonance at the heart of Europe’s lawscape. At the moment of writing Mr Harouns case is ongoing, the film is structured to allow information to be added at each stage of Mr Harouns legal case, each filmic addition will mark each successive hearing, ultimately creating a series of distinct responses to the narrative created by the legal spectacle.