Berlinale: Programme

Film File

Forum Expanded Exhibition

4 Waters – Deep Implicancy

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4 Waters – Deep Implicancy is as much a film project and an experiment in collaboration as it is a set of fragments drawn from a reimagined cosmos.
These fragments, sounds, and stories help us convey the experiential moment of entanglement, or rather, they describe an entangled moment prior to separation, what we call “Deep Implicancy”.
One such story we follow is water, both as it phase transitions with and into other matter including life, but also as it combines disparate geographies, bodies of/in water, and four islands within them – Lesvos, Haiti, Marshall Islands, Tiwi.
Through a series of experimental migrations and elemental crossings we begin to question the form of the universal human, its calcified and exceptional origins, and in particular its ethical program.
Wandering and wondering through a transformative figuring of justice, we ask, what if our image of the world recalled phase instead of measure? And what becomes of ethics if we let go of value?

Arjuna Neuman
Denise Ferreira da Silva

USA / United Kingdom


Documentary form
31’ · Colour · 1-Kanal-Videoinstallation

World premiere


Arjuna Neuman, Denise Ferreira da Silva
Arjuna Neuman, Mariam Mekiwi
Cobi Van Tonder, Arjuna Neuman
Gabor Ripli, Katharina Weinstock
Arjuna Neuman, Denise Ferreira da Silva


Arjuna Neuman

Arjuna Neuman was born on an airplane in 1984, that’s why he has two passports. He is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. He studied at California Institute of the Arts. His projects have been shown at major biennials and exhibitions worldwide. As a writer he has published essays in various magazines.


2012 My Marshall Islands; 27 min. 2014 First Fugue; 3 min. 2015 Caesium Forest; 71 min. 2016 Multicultural Dread; 30 min. · Serpent Rain; with Denise Ferreira da Silva, 30 min. 2019 4 Waters – Deep Implicancy; with Denise Ferreira da Silva

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Denise Ferreira da Silva

Denise Ferreira da Silva is a Professor and Director of The Social Justice Institute (the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice) at the University of British Columbia. Prior, she was an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her work in the contemporary art sphere includes texts for publications, advising Natasha Ginwala, the curator for the Contour Biennale 8, as well as events and texts that form part of her own practice, “Poethical Readings” in collaboration with Valentina Desideri.


2016 Serpent Rain; with Arjuna Neuman, 30 min. 2019 4 Waters – Deep Implicancy; with Arjuna Neuman

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Arjuna Neuman

Denise Ferreira da Silva