Watch Short Film: Possums in the Roof (dir. Deborah White)

Experimental Film & Music Video Festival

Directed by Deborah White

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‘Possums in the Roof’ honours the possums that share my urban space. It gives cause to reflect on native animals, typically regarded as pests that cling to their habitat in the face of urban development. Surrendering to the notion of living harmoniously with the harmless animals, I have drawn inspiration from animism that reveres the spiritual essence of animals and regards their habitat as precious. The humour of the ritualized performance, highlights the eccentric position of humans in the natural world. The performance-as-possum serves to negate the assumption that holds humans in a superior, privileged position. Humans are not the owners of absolute knowledge and becoming-animal shows other ways of knowing beyond human language and logic.

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