Far Within Reach
4' 50'' / Color, B&W / Archival Footage / USA / 2021
To be apart, to feel loneliness. To suffer in silence and witness suffering. Far Within Reach is a unique project composed and performed by Ekin Fil & Ella Zwietnig to counterpoint the anxiety of an unpleasant time. The found-footage video concept for the music remixes German experimental filmmaker Lutz Mommartz's films with old home movies and educational reels from the internet to explore a new sense of being close to each other under uncertainty. In the distance, solitary days turn us toward our human essence. Beyond doom scrolling, sleeplessness days, normality, and societal spaces, we long for a soft hand on the back, a trivial whisper, a bike ride, compassion, face to face smiles. In the oddity, we discover the tiny moments that give life meaning. Facing the infinite solitude of the distance and relentless nights within the endless horizon of gone days, we learn to be together again.
About the sound:
The original song was composed and performed in tandem by female composers and musicians Ekin Fil and Ella Zwietnig between Istanbul and Berlin in January 2021, generously supported and made possible by Goethe Institute. This collaborative project was made entirely in isolation during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing the possibilities of social media and video-based interactions as an opportunity to re-think collaboration and working together with others.
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A film by B. Royer
Music by Ekin Fil & Ella Zwietnig
Mixed & Mastered by Florian Zwietnig
Research & Production by B. Royer
The present film is an experimental work of art exploring the power of meaning in images with no commercial intention.