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BIFF 2013: Babylon (adv. 12A) UK Premiere

Friday 12 April 2013, 7.00pm


"The directors have elected not to resort to subtitles", Babylon's opening titles bluntly inform us, and instantly a century of cinematic convention is gleefully discarded.


Shot in a temporary refugee camp erected in Tunisia to cope with the influx of workers fleeing 2011's violence in neighbouring Libya, this top prize-winner at the prestigious FIDMarseille festival last summer is an intimately observant slice of behind-the-headlines vérité that chronicles the camp's construction, everyday goings-on, and ultimate dismantlement.

A valuable historical document of the Arab Spring's collateral effects (see also Cursed Be the Phosphate), Babylon's daring elimination of subtitles means we become absorbed in the flow of images and voices without the impedance of text. Trust us on this one: what looks like a daunting minus quickly reveals itself as a very special plus.

Film source: Exit Productions

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Screening with:
+ notes on film 04: Intermezzo (adv. PG)

This film screens as part of BIFF's tribute to sixpackfilm.
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Director: Ismael Chebbi, Youssef Chebbi, Ala Eddine Slim
Country: Tunisia
Year: 2012
Length: 112 mins
Format: Digital
Cast: Documentary

Booking information

Tickets £4.00/£3.00 concessions.
Booking advised as places are limited.
For advance tickets visit the Bradford International Film Festival website or tickets can be bought on the day of the screening from the Welcome Desk at Impressions Gallery.

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