The Measurement

In a black & white photo-novel narrative, two oysters reflect on the speciesist politics of shellfish domestication in an aquaculture site, and on the complex relations between Western science and commodification. Through sequencing, rhythm, framing, 1st person voice-over, and the very use of the photo-novel genre (which emphasizes light composition and slow, interrupted pace), the film explores Queer forms of storytelling regarding how non-human subaquatic forms of life (their intelligence and very vitality) is apprehended in colonial and patriarchal societies, as a justification for land access and resources utilization politics.

  • Julie Patarin-Jossec
  • Julie Patarin-Jossec
  • Julie Patarin-Jossec
  • LUMA Arles
  • Cepralmar
  • Esther Cameron
    Key Cast
  • Michela Patrissi
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 6, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    600 EUR
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  • Language:
    English, French
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Julie Patarin-Jossec

Julie Patarin-Jossec is a queer sociologist and filmmaker. Her research spans the areas of feminist and Indigenous theory,
Ocean studies, and visual sociology. Through both ethnography and her films, she is interested in how colonialism generates politics of bodies and environments – resulting
in land access and dispossession, extractivism, degradation, domestication, and exclusion – and the subsequent forms of resistance and agency deployed by disempowered bodies (including non-human).
She has a particular interest for experimental filmmaking techniques and has worked with various technologies (including thermal and film cameras, colour separation and chemical treatment of analog film). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Explorers Club, most of her work is dedicated to visibilize and enable anti-speciest, anti-sexist, and anti-colonial voices. Her latest films include “Reclaim the Ground” (2022) and “The Measurement” (2023), both shorts.

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