Italian Artist Yuri Ancarani journeys inside the bizarre world of Qatar’s super-rich, where the ancient tradition of competitive falconry collides with a life of otherwise ultra-modern excess. For these men, with almost limitless wealth at their disposal, the desert is seen as a giant playground for increasingly outlandish acts of folly - a perfectly surreal setting for the strange rituals that define their lives. Largely observational, stunning cinematography interspersed with breathtaking footage from the perspective of a falcon in flight, The Challenge is both an anthropological look at a clash of cultures and a sly meditation on the collective pursuit of idiosyncratic desire.
From a physicist talking to his daughter about the universality of love in any dimension and the need for scientists to talk about affection, tenderness and empathy, to a woman who has devoted her life and home to the rescue cats she cares for, this selection of short documentary films explores the human need for connection, warmth and compassion.
Quantum Love and Other Stories showcases some of the best work produced by students of UCL & Open City Docs School’s MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film by Practice.
The screening will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A.
Part of UCL Festival of Culture
Visitors are encouraged to register at the Festival hub, which is located at the Gower Street entrance to the Wilkins Building main quad. Attendees will be escorted to event locations approximately fifteen minutes before each session begins.
Medawar Building, G01 Lankester Lecture Theatre
UCL main campus, Bloomsbury