Join us for the UK premiere of Parsi, an award-winning short film by Argentine filmmaker Eduardo 'Teddy' Williams and poet Mariano Blatt. The film was shot with a 360 degree camera by young individuals within Bissau's queer and trans community who take us on a spry journey through the city's neighbourhoods by foot, roller skate, bicycle and automobile. The 360 degree footage was then cropped for the cinematic frame by Williams using a VR headset. This inventive process makes Parsi a truly unprecedented artwork. The film's perpetual motion runs parallel to the driving force of its hypnotic audio track. This takes the rhythmic form of spoken verses excerpted from Blatt's ongoing poem No es ('It isn't') which unfolds as a list of similes each beginning with 'Seems like'.
This free screening and conversation is presented as part of the June edition of Uniqlo Tate Lates.
19.00 - 20.15
Parsi, Guinea-Bissau/Argentina/Switzerland 2018, DCP, colour, sound, 23 min, Creole and Spanish with English subtitles
Conversation with the artists and Tate Film curators
20.45 - 21.15
Repeat screening of Parsi
Eduardo Williams (b.1987, Argentina) is a filmmaker and artist whose works explore a fluid mode of observation, looking for shared relations and spontaneous adventures within both physical and virtual networks. Williams presented the UK premiere of his first feature film The Human Surge at Tate Modern in 2017.
Mariano Blatt (b.1983, Argentina) is a poet, literary editor and co-director of Blatt & Ríos, an independent publishing house. His ongoing poem No es is a lifelong writing project.