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The Watershed

Alia Syed

UK, 1994
7 minutes, B&W, Opt.
Original format: 16mm film
Available formats: 16mm / DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

‘The Watershed is a film of testimonies: a testimony of love, of betrayal and a testimony of abuse. The testimony of self that you take to another:
Sleep walking
Sleep talking
Talking of home
and a photograph
A photograph of your Mother
that you never had.
It is a film about destruction; a revenge film in which the protagonist’s destruction is ultimately of herself. It is a film about the pain of speaking; speech falls back on itself, creating the rhythm that drives the film, carving a space in which we can touch one another and see. It is a film in which all of these disparate testimonies collide, and where water is shed. It shows the point just before a new balance is found – the point of devastation before one remakes oneself.’ – A.S.