On the Battlefield

In the southern Illinois region of Little Egypt, a sound recordist revisits the flat fields where once stood Pyramid Courts – the housing projects that formed the heart of the Black community of his hometown, Cairo. His mic gathers sonic ephemera of past, present and future within the grasses, trees and skies. Kids play, birds flock, a grandmother and granddaughter burn sage for protection from evil spirits, and an official who oversaw the projects’ closing reflects on its psychic toll. Throughout, a 1970 private release LP by the United Front of Cairo, a Black power movement led by Rev. Dr. Charles Koen, guides the sound recordist – and us – on a search for connections across struggles for liberation, near and far. On the battlefield, these voices march towards resurgence.
As the first Little Egypt Collective release, On the Battlefield is an overture celebrating the joy and power of Cairo, a town famous for confluences and collisions: between the North and South, the Mississippi and the Ohio rivers, and Black liberation and white supremacy. The film offers an aperture of encounter, resistance and inspiration, and invites audiences into these muddy histories and potent spaces.
by Theresa Delsoin, Lisa Marie Malloy, J.P. Sniadecki, Ray Whitaker
with Ray Whitaker, Rachel Burns, Zah-Karri Levy, Towanda Macon, Kyrie Wright
USA 2024 English 13' Colour Event World premiere | Documentary form

With

  • Ray Whitaker
  • Rachel Burns
  • Zah-Karri Levy
  • Towanda Macon
  • Kyrie Wright
  • Reverend Dr. Charles Koen

Crew

DirectorsLittle Egypt Collective, Theresa Delsoin, Lisa Marie Malloy, J.P. Sniadecki, Ray Whitaker
ScreenplayLisa Marie Malloy, J.P. Sniadecki, Ray Whitaker
CinematographyLisa Marie Malloy, J.P. Sniadecki, Ray Whitaker
EditingLisa Marie Malloy, J.P. Sniadecki, Ray Whitaker
MusicUnited Front Choir
Sound DesignHomer Mora
SoundLisa Marie Malloy, J.P. Sniadecki, Ray Whitaker
Production DesignLisa Marie Malloy, J.P. Sniadecki, Ray Whitaker
ProducersRachel Burns, Karin Chien, Judson Childs, Theresa Delsoin, Clarence Dossie, Lisa Marie Malloy, J.P. Sniadecki, Ray Whitaker

Produced by

Little Egypt Collective

Cairo & Chicago, IL, USA

Theresa Delsoin

Theresa Delsoin is an author, teacher, and community leader who grew up in Pyramid Courts housing projects in Cairo, Illinois. She has published multiple books that explore healing across race-relations and family histories, including the co-authored work “Malindy's Freedom: A Story of a Slave Family.” She is the first female director of a Boy’s Club within the Boys and Girls Club of America, a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa, and a leader within Southern Illinois’s NAACP chapter and Community Health and Emergency Services organization. Her role as a founding member of Little Egypt Collective marks her foray into filmmaking.

Filmography

2024 On the Battlefield

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024

Lisa Marie Malloy

Lisa Marie Malloy is an artist whose work centres cinema’s potential for collective world-mending, engaging communities in the US and Taiwan to create films such as The Raw and the Cooked (2022) and A Shape of Things to Come (2020). She uses cinema as a stage to illuminate connections across generations and between species. As a founding member of Little Egypt Collective, she focuses on leading filmmaking workshops with youth and elders.

Filmography

2020 A Shape of Things to Come; with J.P. Sniadecki, 77 min. 2022 The Raw and the Cooked; with Dennis Zhou, 22 min. 2024 On the Battlefield

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024

J.P. Sniadecki

J.P. Sniadecki is a filmmaker who works between China and the US in collaboration with people and places to make films such as A Shape of Things to Come (2020), El Mar La Mar (2017), The Iron Ministry (2014), Yumen (2013), and Peoples Park (2012). He is also a professor in the Radio, TV, and Film Department of Northwestern University, and a core faculty in the M.F.A. of Documentary Media. As a founding member of Little Egypt Collective, he works to create generative opportunities and connections for emerging artists.

Filmography

2007 Songhua; 29 min. 2008 Demolition / Chai – Qian; 62 min. 2010 The Yellow Bank / Huangpu; 27 min. · Foreign Parts; with Véréna Paravel, 80 min. 2012 People’s Park / Renmin Gongyuan; with Libbie Cohn, 78 Min. 2013 Yumen; with Huang Xiang and Xu Ruotao, 65 min., Forum Expanded 2013 2014 The Iron Ministry / Tie Dao; 82 min. 2017 El Mar La Mar; with Joshua Bonetta, 94 min., Forum 2017 2020 A Shape of Things to Come; with Lisa Marie Malloy, 77 min. 2024 On the Battlefield

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024

Ray Whitaker

Ray Whitaker is an artist and entrepreneur from Cairo, Illinois who previously lived in Pyramid Courts housing projects. At a young age he trained as a concrete worker with his grandfather, Elihue Whitaker, a figure who also shared with him the importance of cultivating the next generation. He is a founding member of Little Egypt Collective, where he focuses his efforts on training youth in Cairo to unlock their artistic potential through film and acting workshops.

Filmography

2024 On the Battlefield

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024

Dates

Opening hours: February 16 7pm - 9:30pm // February 17 - 25, daily 12pm - 10pm

Forum Expanded Installation

Myanmar Anatomy | On the Battlefield

Opening hours: February 16 7pm - 9:30pm // February 17 - 25, daily 12pm - 10pm

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Fri Feb 16 19:00

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