Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

3 - Narratives of a ‘Migrant Soul’ under an ‘Iron Moon’: Moving Images of Nomadic Hearts.

Friday, July 6
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Jacaranda II, First Floor

Focusing on the life narratives of young migrant workers who have travelled beyond national boundaries or simply shifted places inside their own country, this article reads through two Asian documentaries that address the nomadic life of a Bangladeshi man in Malaysia (My Migrant Soul, dir. Yasmine Kabir, Bangladesh 2003) and the distressed existence of a Chinese poet working for the Foxconn Factory in Shenzhen (Iron Moon, dir. Xiaoyu Qin and Feiyue Wu, China 2016). These challenging films recover the dreams and aspirations, but also the sense of loss and alienation, of two ‘migrant souls’ trapped into a spiralling and vicious circle of disenfranchisement, poverty, memory and ‘nostalgia for a future never to be’, crashed under the unbearable weight of the ‘iron moon’ that overshadows many of the multinational factories operating in Asia. The images conveyed through these migrants’ journey of non-return are moving in a double meaning: technically, as they resort to filmmaking to accompany us inside the origins of these ‘archives’, casting complex cinematic representations of life narratives and migrants’ memories. Emotionally, as - via recorded voices and written traces - these images accompany the spectator inside the nonrepresenational map of those migrant dreams which cannot ultimately be neither confined nor defined by that “cruel system of inscribed signs” (Deleuze and Guattari, Anti-Oedipus) which constitute writing

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