On a remote island, three fishermen encounter something unexpected.
Hamza, a foreign student in Helsinki is considering accepting an assistant position in Australia after graduation. Since this might be his last year in Helsinki, Hamza decides to spend his vacations here while his friends travel abroad for the summer.
As Hamza drifts in the city, observing its sights and sounds while mulling over his next move in life he comes across strangers who are on a similar quest. This summer, Hamza encounters an elderly man from his neighborhood who thinks his dog is racist, a man from Turku who has come to Helsinki for a vacation, and a massage therapist who has not taken a vacation in three years due to a curse.
“Imagine assembling a jigsaw puzzle, but one in which the pieces are not two-dimensional and the resultant image is at first unfamiliar, yet explains itself and its relationship with all that is living.”
Reflections on a Forest (working title) is a film that builds an image of a forest and of the being of different living creatures in a shared space. This told through several simultaneous images, which form an entity that creates and transforms the space of a forest. The purpose of the work is to continue the process of change in visual presentation and the construction of ecological moving image narrative. It is an experiment about how the apparatus of the moving image might be adapted to narration in which information can only be conveyed by realigning the very instruments of that apparatus