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Leviathan Cycle, Episode 6: Ding Ling and Senait

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Still from  Leviathan Cycle, Episode 6: Ding Ling & Senait (2020) HD video, 18’46”. Commissioned by CCA Tel Aviv, Outset Foundation for Contemporary Art, The (He)art for He(art) Program (Francisca Viudes), and Arts Council England. Courtesy of UBIK Productions.

  • Still from  Leviathan Cycle, Episode 6: Ding Ling & Senait (2020) HD video, 18’46”. Commissioned by CCA Tel Aviv, Outset Foundation for Contemporary Art, The (He)art for He(art) Program (Francisca Viudes), and Arts Council England. Courtesy of UBIK Productions.

    Still from  Leviathan Cycle, Episode 6: Ding Ling & Senait (2020) HD video, 18’46”. Commissioned by CCA Tel Aviv, Outset Foundation for Contemporary Art, The (He)art for He(art) Program (Francisca Viudes), and Arts Council England. Courtesy of UBIK Productions.

  • Still from  Leviathan Cycle, Episode 6: Ding Ling & Senait (2020) HD video, 18’46”. Commissioned by CCA Tel Aviv, Outset Foundation for Contemporary Art, The (He)art for He(art) Program (Francisca Viudes), and Arts Council England. Courtesy of UBIK Productions.

    Still from  Leviathan Cycle, Episode 6: Ding Ling & Senait (2020) HD video, 18’46”. Commissioned by CCA Tel Aviv, Outset Foundation for Contemporary Art, The (He)art for He(art) Program (Francisca Viudes), and Arts Council England. Courtesy of UBIK Productions.

Synopsis

This episode is a crucial moment in Shezad Dawood's episodic film series Leviathan Cycle, as it inaugurates the series' second chapter of five episodes, shifting the narrative from one of breakdown and fragmentation to a focus on methodologies for surviving the future.

Ding Ling is a research scientist who fled Indonesia in the wake of rising sea levels, and disembarks from the cargo ship on which she had been living. She moves onwards to explore new/old territories, revealing something of her past in Indonesia and China via Singapore as the episode progresses. During her journey she meets the resourceful Senait, an Eritrean refugee who subsists by evaporating water from the Dead Sea to make it potable.

In her ongoing effort to compile an archive of those who remain, Ding Ling records an interview with Senait, where Senait recounts her own peripatetic past and perilous journey through Sudan.

Themes of living and working together emerge, as carefully edited footage of marine organisms is interspersed with the episode’s scripted elements to suggest parallels between ecologies on earth, pointing towards the ways in which humans mirror other life forms – including microbes, and corals – in their constant shuttle between symbiosis and violence.

https://leviathan-cycle.com/information

Details

Year
2020
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
18 min 46 sec
Format
HD Video
Director
Shezad Dawood
Producer
Elizabeth Benjamin
Editor
Sergio Vega Borrego
Screenwriter
Shezad Dawood
Director of Photography
Michael Miroshnik, Bart Sienkiewicz
Sound
Rupert Clervaux
Music
Obaa Sima written and performed by Ata Kak, courtesy of Awesome Tapes from Afriac
Principal Cast
Jennifer Lim, Senait Zebrabrucbc, Emib Barahni, Bhasker Patel
Colourist
Jason R Moffat
Sound Recordist
Vitaly Greenspun
Camera Assistant
Edwin Mingard
DIT
Ceecee Lu
Line Producer
Mesfin Giday
Costume
Alexandra Kharibian
Translation
Lulu Langtree, Mesfin Giday
Title Design
OK-RM
Production Support
Inês Geraldes Cardoso, Karen Dolev, Eyal Agivayev
Driver
Naga
Camera, Lenses and Equipment
Movie Mobile, Satellite Films

Production status

Complete

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Last updated 28th October 2020

Production Company

UBIK Productions
Unit B1, Ink Court
419 Wick Lane
London, E3 2PW
+44 (0)7455 749840
miranda@shezaddawood.com
https://ubikproductions.com/