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To Pick a Flower

To Pick a Flower
Shireen Seno
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Philippines
2021
17 minutes
English
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing

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Shireen Seno
Shireen Seno
John Torres
Shireen Seno
Shireen Seno
Shireen Seno

Trees and other plants during the period of American colonial rule in the Philippines, photographed from the perspective of those in power. The images not only document the rich flora, they categorize and classify the resources of the colony. The forest becomes inventory. From potted plants to sawmills, from logging to reforestation: In her essay Shireen Seno takes us to the essence of photography itself – and to its relationship with colonialism. Because both are trying to pick something.

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