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.
|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
|HD 1080p, 25fps