Private Project


'Afloat' is an experimental narrative film that paints a portrait of Japanese performance artist: Ayumi Lanoire.
The film opens as a telephone call between the subject and Person X, which meanders and leads the audience through the various layers that make up her persona leading one to question whether she is in fact a myth or reality.

  • Riffy Ahmed
    Clench- What are you fighting for?
  • Riffy Ahmed
  • Flossie Catling
  • Ayumi Lanoire
    Key Cast
  • Matthias Ashford
    Director of Photography
  • Sam Baws
    Composer and sound mixer
  • Janka Troeber
  • Riffy Ahmed
    Art Director
  • Riffy Ahmed
    Executive Producer
  • Marc Boothe
    Executive Producer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    art film, diaspora, unlikely hero, performance art, mystery, fantasy, geisha, japanese
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 14, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English, Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
    Alexa Mini
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Riffy Ahmed

RIFFY is an award winning film director and visual artist. She has vast experience working across the art and film world from directing short films, short docs, video art installations, performance art, commercial content and curating interactive art shows. Her work has been screened and exhibited in various festivals and platforms such as Channel 4, The Times, Arte Creative, London Film Festival, ICA, INtransit / Nour Arts Festival and the Saatchi Gallery.

RIFFY looks to tell stories of unlikely heroes we don’t always see on the big screen (particularly framed around women, BAME and diaspora identities) yet can touch and relate to audiences universally through the 3 big ‘E’s’: Enchantment, Enlightenment and Engagement.

RIFFY is the 2016/2017 Hospital Club Foundation's Emerging Creative for Film and Television.

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Director Statement

As a moving image artist and director my voice my aim is to tell stories of unlikely heroes we don’t always see on the big screen (particularly framed around women, people of colour and diaspora) through exploring the performance and formation of identity, which can relate to audiences universally through enchantment, enlightenment and mystery.

'Afloat' touches on those very things mentioned above in bringing to the forefront the story of a fascinating character/subject who lives a dichotomous life as a city worker and performing artist, living in the western world. Her performance work fuses the world of geisha and pole-dancing together.

I felt very enchanted by this juxtaposed image and endeavoured to contact her to see if we could work together. Upon meeting one another, I realised this character was more fascinating then expected in that she led several lives everyday and even registered them as ‘she’, ‘we’ and them rather than ‘I’.

Coming from a diaspora background myself (being British, half Bahraini-Arabic and Bangladeshi) I have always felt a sense of wondering and questioning around the formation of my identity and its place. Thus, I look to tell stories where those questions and experiences are conveyed in transformative ways, which people can relate to in ways that they know they are not alone.

'Afloat' is a visual film (also shot for a multiple video installation set up) where my vision as both an artist and filmmaker creates worlds that are both tangible and unreal.