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Alchemy Film & Arts presents: Islands that Come and Go

24 March

Meanings drift and flow, cultures adapt and grow, islands come and go: seven shorts explore the familiar and the unfamiliar, measuring and capturing the distances between the knowable and the unobtainable, between connection and loss, in reference to India's caste system, disappearing ice sheets, Scottish coastlines, the Black Atlantic, the Gobi Desert, the Suriname-French Guyana border, and the film strip.

This programme of new Scottish and International works curated for us by our friends at Alchemy Film & Arts speaks to some of the themes explored across this year's festival.

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is Scotland’s festival of experimental film and the flagship event of Alchemy Film & Arts. It has been described as ‘a film festival unlike any other in Scotland, with a distinctive focus on unusual, experimental filmmaking that blurs the boundary between cinema and visual arts.’

The thirteenth edition takes place 27 – 30 April 2023 in Hawick, Scottish Borders – a two-hour drive from Glasgow.

All films captioned for d/Deaf viewers.


A “deconstruction” of an incident that took place in India, in 2015, in Madhya Pradesh state.

True Places

Exploring places that exist at the border(s) of memory and physical terrain.


A sensory journey of elements, light and illusions captured along the lochs, rivers and coastlines of Scotland.

The King is Not My Cousin

In a series of interviews with her grandmother, filmmaker Annabelle Aventurin traces a family history, sailing from one side of the black Atlantic to the other.

The Wind Carries Us Home

Through rituals of birth and death, the filmmaker and her family reconnect with their ancestral land in the Gobi Desert.

Forest Song

A spirited Saramaccan song serves as a guiding force to explore the Saramaccan Maroons' rich and powerful way of being in the world.


Sliced up fragments, zipping and framing as the print struggles to make it through the frame, a woman stands and turns, a sculpture appears, a lawnmower mows, shredding and falling apart.

  • Recommended age 18+
  • Duration 1h30m
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