From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf, 2013

Feature-length travelogue by sea between western India, eastern Africa and the Persian gulf. First shown at a purpose built outdoor cinema on the creekside in Sharjah in 2013, where many of the sailors gather. Shown in Documenta 13 in an abridged form, as part of the installation The Boat Modes.

83 mins. Original format(s): HDV, SDV, VHS, Cellphone videos (variable). Stereo audio and in-cameraphone music.

A boat has many powers: to gather a society in its making, to distribute goods, to carry people and ideas across places that, it seems to us, are more different than ever before. From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf is a result of four years of dialogue, friendship and exchange between CAMP and a group of sailors from Kutch, who come to Sharjah often. Their travels and those of co-seafarers from Sindh, Baluchistan and Southern Iran show us a world cut into many pieces, not easily bridged by nostalgics or nationalists. Instead, we follow the physical crossings made by these groups of people who make and sail boats. And who also make videos, sometimes with songs married to them.

This film is part of a broader multi-year Indian Ocean project, see Wharfage.

Credits:

Direction: Shaina Anand, Ashok Sukumaran.

CAMP, Siddik Umar Sanghar and Junas Salemamad Bhagad present:
Kutchi Vahan Pani Wala (From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf)

Camera: Siddik Umar Sanghar, Mrinal Desai, Junas Salemamad Bhagad, Ashok Sukumaran, Shaina Anand, Sulaiman Haroon Raja urf Dada, Jabbar Hassan Chingda, Ismail Haroon Ghandhar, Mohammed Rafik, Sulaiman Wahab Sumbhania, Abdul Majid Chauhan, Mehboob Abbas Sanghar, Hakimuddin Lilyawala, Anonymous.

Editor: Sreya Chatterjee.

More at: Indiancine.ma

Recent venues:

Tate Modern, London (on show through 2020)
Opening film, Documenta14 Kiemena program (on Greek Television) 2017

Gallery: From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Wharfage

At first, a project on the creek in Sharjah, from where a large number of ships leave for Somali ports.

Festival des Trois Continents

Celebrates its 40th year with an inventory of 40 films and a publication. CAMPs From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf along with films of Wang Bing, Edward Yang, Tsai Ming-Liang, Lav Diaz, Akram Zaatari, Lucrecia Martel, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Abbas Kiarostami...

Viennale Vienna International Film Festival

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at Viennale

2nd and 5th November, 2013

Images Festival, Toronto

Opening Film
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
10th April 2014 7:00 pm
The Royal, Toronto

BFI London Film Festival

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

83"

at
BFI London Film Festival
(moved to NFT 1)
South Bank, London
13th October, 2013
6:30 pm

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf


From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
2009-2013
Sharjah Biennial 11
March 13- May 13 2013
Film screening every evening 8 30 pm
at an open-air cinema on the corner of Bank Street and Corniche Road, Sharjah
Run-time 80 mins

Kino Museum Festival 2014

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at
Museum for Modern Art in Warsaw
Sunday, March 23 2014
7:00 pm

Festival International de Cinema, Marseille

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
is showing at FID Marseille

July 2-8, 2013
Update: is awarded the Jury special mention
(International competition)

Cork Film Festival

Double Bill: Two films by CAMP


From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (83 mins)
and
The Neighbour Before the House (60 mins)

at the Cork Film Festival
November 12, 2013
Curated by Vassily Bourikas

52nd Ann Arbor Film Fest

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Friday, March 28th 2014
3:00 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor

THIRD LITTLE CINEMA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Opening Film
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Goethe Institut, Kolkata
3 December, 2016
6:00 pm

Masterclass with Shaina Anand
TENT
(Theatre for Experiments with New Technologies)
4 Bipin Pal Road
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

The Ocean After Nature
Grossman Gallery
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
January 26, 2017 – March 18, 2017

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

At Body Building
Ishara Art Foundation

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

Punto De Vista
International Documentary Festival of Navarra
Retrospective: Oceanic Feeling

7th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
83 mins

At Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival
Greek Film Archive Screening Room B
20:30 pm, 22nd October, 2013

At MoMA, New York

Screenings of three CAMP films

June 21 to 29
MoMA, New York
Flaherty Seminar Program

and
Modern Monday
June 23, at 7:00 pm

Lahore Biennale 01

CAMP at Sheher o Funn, the inaugural biennale of the city of Lahore with From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf.

Country of the Sea

As If – III Country of the Sea
DR. BHAU DHAJI LAD MUSEUM, Mumbai
February 21 - April 2 2015

A journey with CAMP’s five-year Wharfage project and related maritime explorations.

Sekula beyond Sekula

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Film Program
Allan Sekula - Okeanos
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
TBA21, Vienna
Artists lecture
31st March, 2017

Olhar de Cinema

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at
Curutiba International Film Festival
New Views, International Competition
Curutiba, Brazil
28th May to June 5, 2014

Update: awarded the New Views prize.

Unpacking "Country of the Sea"

A non-imperial view from the 'Other Boat', counter to images of the 'distressed seas'. With a presentation and screening of From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf at Transmediale 2018.

An Oceanic Feeling

CAMP’s From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (2013) at the Len Lye Center Cinema, New Plymouth

Country of the Sea

CAMP at Transmediale 2018, Berlin with reprinted Wharfage, The Annotated "Gujarat and the Sea" Exhibition and The Country of the Sea cyanotype.

The Country of the Sea

Single exposure solar cyanotype print on cotton fabric
CAMP with Shunya collective and Clark House Initiative 22 x 5 feet
An image of the sea as its own “country”, with frontier towns at its edges disorients an easy reading of this territory

As If - III Country of the Sea

A journey with CAMP’s five-year Wharfage project and related maritime explorations.

FIDADOC

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at
Agadir International Documentary Festival
Algeria
28th april to 4ht May, 2014

Tales from the Networked Neighbourhood: The Cinema of CAMP

Five films by CAMP curated by Vassily Bourikas and Filmmaker Festival

21st march
6:00 pm Khirkeeyaan (2006) 17 mins
and Hum Logos (2012) 45 mins
at Careof DOCVA, Milan

22nd March
Cinema Palestrina, Milan
5:30 pm
The Neighbour before the House (2011) 60 mins
7:30 pm
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (2013), 83 mins
22:00 pm
The Country of the Blind, and Other Stories (2011), 60 mins

Verzio Budapest

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at
Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Budapest, 11 to 16 November, 2014

After Midnight: Indian Modernism To Contemporary India 1947/1997

Queens Museum, NY
Mar 8 2015m - Jun 28 2015

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (83 mins)
and Stuffing and Destuffing (4 channel looped video 9 mins)

The View From The Other Boat

Outlook Magazine: A group of artists, filmmakers and technologists from Mumbai works together with a group of sailors to produce a feature-length experimental film.

At the Flaherty...

Turning The Inside Out
The 60th Robert Flaherty Seminar

June 14 to June 20, 2014
Colgate University, Hamilton, New York

CAMP was one of the featured artists this June. Films screened include Hum Logos, CCTV Social - Capital Circus, The Neighbour before the House, and From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf.



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‘A Passage Through Passages’ is a collaboration with anthropologists, and draws upon ethnographic and archival work in five field sites. This film is part of Roads and the Politics of Thought, a European Research Council (No. 616393) funded, 5-year ethnographic study of road-building in South Asia in which CAMP is a partner organisation.

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De Appel, Amsterdam

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MATRIX
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Theater Münster
Neubrückenstraße 63
10 Jun - 1 Oct, 2017
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Printed screenplay and IVR-based phone line, audience can type in scene numbers to hear dialogue in the original voices. Also performed as a reading.

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60 minutes, 5.1 surround sound.

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