Experiencing Interruptions?


For her experimental film Seaview (2014), Zinnia Naqvi travelled back to her family’s country of origin, Karachi, Pakistan, to compare childhood memories with present-day experiences. Seaview combines home video with recent footage, and overlaps text, audio conversations, and testimonials that often contradict the paired imagery in each sequence. In the first sequence, for instance, Naqvi juxtaposes a home movie of her first childhood trip to a Karachi beach with a text describing her visit to the same place seventeen years later. Her narrative imparts the difficulties inherent in revisiting the past, both as an image-maker and as a woman.

Originally inspired by nineteenth-century ethnographic studies of the East by documentary photographers, Naqvi later realized the “Orientalist” implications of these images in their simplification of Eastern culture. Through Seaview, Naqvi questions the ability of any single medium to provide an adequate depiction of a place or culture. She confronts her personal struggle between the ideals of Western and Eastern societies, ultimately confounding any single understanding of Pakistani society. In doing so, she reveals the complications of translating culture across time and seas.

  • Zinnia Naqvi
  • Turner Wigginton
    Audio Editing
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    documentary, experimental, diaristic, travel, travel journal
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, Pakistan
  • Language:
    English, Urdu
  • Shooting Format:
    HD Video, VHS Footage
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Ryerson Image Center - Solo Exhibition
    Toronto, Canada
    January 21, 2015
  • Regent Park Film Festival
    November 21, 2015
    Finalist - Doc Institute Award for Best Short Canadian Documentary
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival
    Uppsala, Sweden
    October 24, 2015
    European Premiere
  • Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
    Oberhausen, Germany
    May 2, 2015
Director Biography - Zinnia Naqvi

Zinnia Naqvi is a visual artist based in Toronto. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography Studies from Ryerson University in 2014. Her work has shown in Toronto at a solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, and group exhibitions at Gallery 44, Gallery TPW and Regent Park Film Festival. Her work has been shown internationally at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival and Uppsala International Short Film Festival. Her practice addresses issues of globalism, trans-nationalism and identity.

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