SHOW AND TELL #6: Kamila Kuc

Kamila Kuc, Ph.D. is a writer, experimental filmmaker and curator. Her work reflects her interest in how film, as a technology of memory, can be seen as an innovative creator of memories themselves. Her films explore complex relationships between personal and collective memories, especially those which subvert the social and political identity constructions. Kamila is now in Morocco (and she’s sent us a lovely picture of hereself taken there!), but she’s coming to Alchemy this year to present her film Batum in Self Registration programme.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Travelling. Collaborating with people. Making.

2. What lies at the heart of your own desire to make films?
A wish to experiment with telling stories that challenge binary views of the world and human nature.

3. What are the first things you do in developing a film idea in response to a subject?
Go away. Work on sound, engage the people I want to collaborate with.

4. What’s your favourite film and why?
There are many but I have always been amused by the complexity of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown. There is also Antonioni’s L’Eclisse, where, like in Chinatown, nothing about life is straightforward, our choices are circumstantial and there is a mystery to life that we have no control over.

5. Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks!
Where is my Mind? by Pixies.
Ines Ines by Mohamed Rouicha
Girl in Amber by Nick Cave

6. From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?

When I pronounce the word Future
the first syllable already belongs to the past
When I pronounce the word Silence
I destroy it
When I pronounce the word Nothing
I make something no nonbeing can hold.

Three Oddest Lines, Wislawa Szymborska

7. If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
Definitely a cat.

8. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Visiting places that I have never been to before, especially if I don’t speak the native language. Currently it’s Morocco. Learning Arabic has opened a door to another way of thinking.

My film recommendation:
I admire much of Mike Hoolboom’s work and I look forward to seeing Incident Reports.