Zibaan madaarem / My mother's tongue

A mother tongue and a mother's tongue bound. A volatile intergenerational linguistic cacophony of sounds of the local, unpracticed, and colonized echoes and wanes. The water flow replaces the physical presence of the artist in diaspora, by trying to neutralize, smooth, and calm the clashing sounds with an endless flow.

Languages heard: English, Arabic, and Persian.

  • Zelikha Shoja
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Zibaan madarem
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Zelikha Shoja

Zelikha Shoja (she/they) is a video artist based in Central New York. Their artistic practice and academic interest is in communal storytelling and post-memory, or the transmission of memory, specifically through embodied explorations and deep listening. She holds a BA in Diaspora Studies and is currently pursuing an MFA in Art Video from Syracuse University. Recently, they co-curated a virtual exhibition on hauntology and dis-possession entitled APPARITIONS.

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