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The Brick House

Two friends, Sapa and Hija, spend long afternoons together in a sparsely furnished apartment in the Netherlands. They are listening to music, praying, and relaxing with hot cloths covering their faces. Reminiscing about their childhood in Tanzania, they share anecdotes of their families, the grandmother who used to put the children to sleep, the father who was a taxi driver, and of the childhood dream of becoming a pilot. And they talk of the brick house, a house with no windows, in which one of the men grew up. Here, there is a view, but it is dull and uninviting.
Filmmaker Eliane Esther Bots came across Sapa in a catalog of film extras. After their first meeting, Bots decided to explore the encounter as a method of filmmaking. She invited Sapa to choose a friend as his interlocutor. Extensive conversations, acting exercises, improvisations, and spending Sundays together resulted in the short film The Brick House and in a new friendship.
The film is part of a project called Three Studies of Nearness, a triptych of short experimental documentary films, reflecting on the influence of conflict and migration and on the notions of family and home.

by
Eliane Esther Bots

Netherlands 2016

Swahili, English

16 min · Colour

With

Sapa
Hija Saleh

Crew

Written and directed by
Eliane Esther Bots
Director of Photography
Herman van den Bosch
Editor
Eliane Esther Bots
Sound Design
Matthijs Tuijn
Producer
Eliane Esther Bots

Biography

Eliane Esther Bots

Eliane Esther Bots, born in 1986 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, holds a BA from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and an MA from the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. Her films have been screened at festivals internationally. She is part of the selection committee of the Go Short film festival and currently teaches moving image at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and is currently based in The Hague.

Filmography

2011 Gulo; 15 min. 2012 The Captain and the Boy; 9 min. · The Dome & The Cone of Silence; 17 min. 2013 The Visionary; installation, 17 min. 2014 Conversations; 21 min. 2015 We Can’t Come from Nothing; 31 min. 2016 The Brick House

Produced by

Eliane Esther Bots
Den Haag, Netherlands
+31 6169 18486

Dates

Program 2 / Forum Expanded

A Tall Tale; The Brick House; Ten Mornings Ten Evenings and One Horizon; Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder

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