Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Purple Sea + Q&A

Director Amel Alzakout, Khaled Abdulwahed, 2020, Country Germany, Duration 67, Previous Festivals & Awards Berlinale 2020, Visions du Réel 2020, Date Event has passed

When the boat on which she was crossing to Europe capsized off the coast of Lesbos, Syrian artist Amel Alzakout recorded the events using a waterproof camera strapped to her wrist. Co-directed with filmmaker Khaled Abdulwahed, Purple Sea is assembled from the extraordinary images captured during the period she and the other passengers spent trapped in the water. Adrift on the open sea, time seems to stand still as—beyond the chaos and a chorus of cries—a terrible calm descends. Alzakout poignantly narrates her perilous journey, and her poetic commentary feeds into a confrontational psychological reflection on this moment of personal crisis and collective tragedy.

Purple Sea screens as a UK Premiere

Screens with:

Shipwreck at the Threshold of Europe, Lesvos, Aegean Sea
Forensic Architecture | 2020 | UK | 23’

3 Logical Exits
Mahdi Fleifel | 2020 | Denmark, UK, Lebanon | 15’

Screening includes a Q&A with directors Amel Alzakout & Khaled Abdulwahed, hosted by Kevin B. Lee.

Please be advised that a film within this programme contains images of real dead bodies which some viewers may find distressing.

In partnership with the Goethe-Institut.

Read an essay about Purple Sea by Kevin B. Lee.

Available: Block 2 (Sat 12th Sept midday – Tue 15th Sept midnight BST)

Please note: this film is only available to view in the UK.