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Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London

Spoken Diary, 2001

20 minutes

London Short Film Festival 2020

‘As a young, mixed-race woman from Scotland — identity yet unknown — landing in Plaistow was a bit confusing.’
– Alia Syed, Vertigo, 2.2, Spring 2002

‘Alia Syed's practice as a filmmaker tests the conventions of writing.’
– Amna Malik

Taking as a point of departure her epistolary project Letters to Leena, a series of correspondences to her mixed heritage daughter, curator Jemma Desai and artist Jasleen Kaur present a selection of works from British experimental filmmaker Alia Syed.

Fatima’s Letter, dir. Alia Syed, UK 1992, 20 min.
Spoken Diary, dir. Alia Syed, UK 2001, 20 min.
Durga (A Ritual), dir. Alia Syed, UK 1986, 25 min.

Programmed by Jemma Desai.