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Points of Departure

Alia Syed

UK, 2014
16 minutes, 32 seconds, B&W/colour, Sound, 4:3
Original format: HD video
Available formats: HD Digital file

‘The objects and places we cannot leave behind create the tapestry that is Points of Departure. Exploring themes of personal and collective memory through my relationship to the city of Glasgow, a voice over describes a tablecloth I retrieved whilst clearing my elderly father’s house. The film attempts to unravel the threads of memory held within this mundane itemand to find an image within the BBC archive that relates to my memories of growing up in Glasgow.‘My father’s unrehearsed attempts to translate an Urdu Ghazal discovered in the archive, a poetic expression of the beauty of love and the pain of loss exposes a process of translation that becomes the key allowing a path through the labyrinth of both my own memory and the BBC archive.’ – Alia Syed