Father-land
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Year of release: 2018
Original format: Cinema 4K 24fps digital video, stereo sound
Running time: 20 minutes
Screening format: C2K DCP, C2K, 4K UHD & HD digital files and HD Blu-ray disc
Credits: A film by Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker
Production: Sundog Media
Facilitated and funded jointly by the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC, Associated with the Pierides Foundation) and the research group for Land/Water and the Visual Arts, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth, UK
Distribution and sales: Sundog Media sundogmedia@gmail.com

Synopsis
An essay film investigating notions of home and (dis)placement in the divided island of Cyprus. Political and social histories, the legacies of colonialism, occupation, and the Cold War, resonate culturally and also biographically for the artists as both had childhood links with Cyprus through fathers stationed there with the Royal Air Force.

Description
Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, in the southern half of Old Nicosia, is close to the Green Line, the demilitarised Buffer Zone still patrolled by the United Nations Peacekeeping Force that separates the Turkish-occupied northern section of the island from the Greek Cypriot south. During their residency period, November and December 2016, and March and April 2018, living and filming near the Buffer Zone became a quiet reflection for Moore and Parker on the uneasy stasis of the unresolved conflict which tore the island in two over forty years ago. In making sense of their collective past, the film-makers draw on their formative experiences of both being ‘RAF children’, uprooted from one country to another – patriarchal baggage moved by external forces.

Publication and comments
2018 'Father-land' [with Stuart Moore, text and stills; for exhibition at Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, 19 October 2018 to 12 January 2019] in Liz Wells (ed.) Layers of Visibility: NiMAC/University of Plymouth Artist Residencies 2013-2017. Plymouth: University of Plymouth Press. pp. 79 to 90, and cover image
2018 'Father-land: troubled dialogues in a divided island' in Arts Institute Research Stories 2016/17 [with Stuart Moore, text and stills; research brochure] Plymouth: University of Plymouth. pp. 17 and 18.

Exhibition screenings
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Gallery installation, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre. Image credit: Louca Studios
Layers of Visibility: Works from Plymouth University artist residencies at Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, 2013-2017; curated by Liz Wells and Yiannis Toumazis (19 October 2018 to 12 January 2019, premiere, large-scale gallery projection with stereo sound).

Practice research presentations
The 25th Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group Summer Symposium, Out of Place: The artist residency as a space of creative exploration and reflection; University of Plymouth, UK (5 and 6 July 2018)
British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies 6th Annual Conference 2018, Revolution: Politics, Technology, Aesthetics; University of Kent, UK (12 and 13 April 2018)
Essay Film and Narrative Techniques: Screenwriting Non-fiction, First Symposium of the BAFTSS Essay Film Research Group; organised by BAFTSS and The Interdisciplinary Centre for Narrative Studies, University of York, UK (18 and 19 November 2017)
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Film still: Father-land