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“culture leap (non-linear)” (00:02:35) by Roger Horn, Germany, 2020

The primacy of culture. Culture over race.

“culture leap (non-linear)” is a short experimental film composed of found home movies from South Africa and discarded 16mm film from the anthropology department at the University of Cape Town, which were salvaged by filmmaker Roger Horn during his PhD studies. The dreamlike visuals are accompanied by a sparse, ambient soundtrack that enhances the mood and atmosphere of the film.

Through the use of archival footage, the film examines the complex intersections of culture and identity in South Africa, a country that has a long and troubled history of racial division. The film suggests that while race is often used as a marker of identity, it is culture that ultimately defines who we are and how we relate to others. “culture leap (non-linear)” aims to be an unconventional, thought-provoking exploration of the power of culture to transcend racial divides and connect us all as human beings.

Director Bio

Roger Horn is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Northern Arizona University in the Creative Media & Film Department.

His films have screened globally at countless film festivals and conferences such as the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Stuttgarter Filmwinter and the 21st, 22nd, & 24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival.

Director, producer: Roger Horn

Found footage: home movies from South Africa 




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