Open City Documentary Festival

Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another + Q&A

Jessica Sarah Rinland, 2019
Argentina, Spain, UK
Previous Festivals & Awards
Locarno Film Festival (Special Mention), Toronto Film Festival, Viennale, ZINEBI (Special Mention), Valdivia, Mar del Plata, Cinema du Réel, Punto de Vista, Glasgow Film Festival, True/False, FICUNAM, San Francisco Film Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Jeonju
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Jessica Sarah Rinland’s mesmerising debut feature-length work intimately examines the process of museological and ecological conservation through the production of a lab-engineered replica of an elephant tusk. Working alongside conservators in various institutions across the world, Rinland traces the tusk through its many stages of construction, revealing the exacting craft and care involved in the physical reproduction of the natural world. With tactile, tightly framed 16mm photography and delicate, detailed sound design, Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another is a close study of the people and processes behind the production of museum objects, and a probing inquiry into the act—and art—of preserving and constructing history.

Screening includes a Q&A with director Jessica Sarah Rinland, hosted by Matthew Barrington.

In Partnership with Essay Film Festival.

Read an essay about Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another by Matthew Barrington.

Available: Block 1 (Wed 9th Sept midday – Sat 12th Sept midnight BST)

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

Argentine-British artist filmmaker Jessica Sarah Rinland’s work has been screened and exhibited internationally at TIFF, NYFF, BFI London Film Festival, Rotterdam, Oberhausen and Somerset House. Residencies include Film Studies Center at Harvard University, Flaherty Seminar Fellow, MacDowell, Ikusmira Berriak and Somerset House Studios.