Cinema of Breath: Poetics of Migrancy – Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center

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Cinema of Breath: Poetics of Migrancy

December 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm EST

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Thursday, December 2, 2021, 6 pm ET
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Does cinema breathe? Can we understand migration through cinematic poetry? 

Curated by Kalpana Subramanian, Cinema of Breath: Poetics of Migrancy brings together a series of cinematic experiments that range across registers of the personal, collective, scientific, and archival. Together, these short films explore ideas of home and mobility, exile and displacement, and memories of place.

The program showcases films by Alexandra Cuesta, Crystal Z Campbell, Erin Espelie, Gariné Torossian, MTL Collective, Sky Hopinka, Sonali Gulati, Suneil Sanzgiri, and Kalpana Subramanian. It will be followed by a discussion with the curator and guest filmmakers.

Cinema of Breath is based on Subramanian’s doctoral research in Media Study at the University at Buffalo. Her research into experimental film draws from breath practices in Yoga and Buddhist philosophy. Through this lens, “breath” can be thought of as the creational force of cinema that brings it to “life.”

Click here to download the program notes and learn more about the individual films and filmmakers.

The event will be accessible to audiences for 24 hours after the event. Squeaky Wheel members will have access for 72 hours. Not a member? Sign up here.

This event is presented by the New York Immigration Coalition with Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center.

A blue, violet, brown and orange circular logo of the New York Immigration CoalitionICThe New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization that represents over 200 immigrant and refugee rights groups throughout New York. The NYIC not only establishes a forum for immigrant groups to voice their concerns, but also provides a platform for collective action to drive positive social change. Since its founding in 1987, the NYIC has evolved into a powerful voice of advocacy by spearheading innovative policies, promoting and protecting the rights of immigrant communities, improving newcomer access to services, developing leadership and capacity, expanding civic participation, and mobilizing member groups to respond to the fluctuating needs of immigrant communities. See more at

Banner image: Detail of Erin Espelie, A Free Inquiry Into Air: 110721, 2021


December 2, 2021
6:00 pm– 8:00 pm EST
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