At the edge of a city growing from the desert, a man plays alone on a golf course. Another, sleepless, sends a letter from a labour camp to his wife in Kenya. A sand storm hits a construction site, and the locals hold a strange dance ceremony. Dubai, usually seen either as miracle of development or failed gimmick, here becomes a set for a visual exploration of displacement, longing and desire. In three chapters the city, the surrounding desert and their inhabitants slowly uncover some of the darker aspects of contemporary society, while the ongoing economic meltdown spells the end of an era.
“The National Film and Television School produced a bumper crop of documentaries in 2011, including this sumptuous visual exploration of Dubai. Director Keca balances the stunning landscapes of the city – from its beautiful but brutal sand dunes to the innumerable glittering towers of Babel that line the empty streets – with the earthy sweat of the people who live and work there, in glorious luxury or abject poverty.”
(Sight & Sound)
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Cottbus Discovery Award, Filmfestival Cottbus 2011, Cottbus, Germany Best Short Documentary, London Short Film Festival 2012, London, UK Winner, Pravo Ljudski Film Festival 2011, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Best City Film – Special Mention, Open City London Documentary Festival 2011, UK Branchage Film Festival 2011, Jersey, UK Play-Doc 2012, Tui, Spain Docaviv 2012, Tel Aviv, Israel International Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2011, The Netherlands Uno Port Art Film Festival 2011, Japan European Film Festival Palic 2011, Serbia Human Rights Film Festival Zagreb 2011, Croatia Rencontres Henri Langlois 2011, Poitiers, France MakeDox 2012, Skopje, Macedonia
Srdjan Keca studied filmmaking at the Ateliers Varan and subsequently the National Film and Television School in the UK and now lives between London and Serbia. Recently his work has explored the connections between the built environment and infrastructure and the human condition. Another strand of his work is based in the Balkans and tries to extract what is universal from the convoluted historical narratives. His former background is in physics.
Director/Producer/Cinematographer Srđan Keča
Editor Simon Bullen
Sound Designer Tom Drew
Composer Jon Wygens
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