Derived from the courageous stories of migration in boats and contradicted with the derogatory term ‘FOB’, OFF is an exploration of bodies in misplacement. This short film makes palpable a vulnerable experience through the sensibilities and motions seen on the skin, spine, hands, and feet. The camera creates a sense of ungrounding, situating the body in a void. OFF aims to create an emotional landscape through physicalizing the cinematic experience in order to seize a deeper human connection.
Dancer and Choreographer Bita Bell
Filmmaker and Editor Kathryn Nusa Logan
2019 Screen Dance, Horsecross, Scotland, United Kingdom
Isolated in a dark and large open space, OFF takes the viewer on a journey of fragility, frustration, and vulnerability as it tells the story of a migrant through a child’s voice. With paper boats, the dancer brings out a playful and innocent characteristic and engages the audience to interact and participate.
Sound-designer, Dancer and Choreographer Bita Bell
2018 Commissioned by The Movement Project, Cleveland Dance Festival, Ohio