Nostalgia is Abroad

Saudade Es Extranjero (original title)

Jake Martin Graves (author)



In Spanish, the word Extranjero can be used interchangeably as ‘foreigner’ or ‘abroad’. For Camilo Sanchez this poetically resembles his feelings of isolation, perplexity and anticipation during his travels as an educational migrant. In Portuguese, the word Saudade can be described as sentiment for a home dearly missed. Held together, these words reflect Camilo’s multivocal experience of having to adapt to two new languages as he studied, as they gradually merged together into one. Saudade Es Extranjero (Nostalgia is Abroad) is a reflexive exploration into the relationship between travel-based study and the impact of adapting to new languages along the way. A blend of interview, multilingual inter-titles and observational footage, this short documentary follows Camilo, a graduate from Valledupar, Columbia. Camilo’s educational journey began when he left Columbia for Britain to learn fluent English, before leaving once more to Rio de Janeiro University to begin his masters. Camilo left speaking Spanish and through his travel has learned English and Portuguese fluently in just over a year. In the film, Camilo shares the experience of new languages and their cultures. With the predominant theme of language, the short documentary is divided with a sequence of inter-title monologues, in a form inspired by 1960s Third Cinema films by Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino. Following the multivocality of Camilo both in person and in interview, the inter-title monologues jump between each language in hope the viewer can experience this as well. The documentary explores diasporic topics such as stereotypes, changing identities and living in a globalised world.
CATEGORY COUNTRY YEAR LENGTH
Documentary film United Kingdom 2015 00:14:57
CAST
Camilo Sanchez
CREW
Director: Jake Martin Graves Location Manager: Zala Opara Camera Operator: Daniel Griffin Sound Recordist: James Chatwin Sound Designer: Richard Butler Editor: Jake Martin Graves Translators: Jamila Hirtenstein, Camilo Sanchez
TECHINCAL CHARACTERISTICS
HD 1080p, 25fps

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