Accepted Paper:

Unwritten Letters  
Max Bloching (Goldsmiths)

Paper short abstract:

This sound-image-letter is a scene from the collaborative documentary Unwritten Letters. Abd, a young Syrian filmmaker who recently arrived to Italy, turns here to a friend who had passed away on their journey. In this letter, Abd travels into the future and remembers their shared past in Syria.

Paper long abstract:

Unwritten Letters is a collaborative documentary, co-directed by Max Bloching and the protagonist of the film, the young Syrian Abd Alrahman Dukmak. Unwritten Letters explores Abd's experience of moving to Italy through the collaborative process of filming, editing and letter writing. In several letters, Abd reaches out to a Syrian friend who had passed away on his way to Italy. Trying to find peace with his present, Abd turns to his friend to revisit their shared past in Syria and to imagine possible futures.

Letter sequence for RAI Panel

Project website:

Panel P18
Chronotopes during crisis: a sound-image-letter correspondence
  Session 1