LIFF | This Shaking Keeps Me Steady
UK Premiere: 22 June, 2019 4:00 pm, Bertha DocHouse, London
Q&A with director
24 June, 2019 8:00 pm, Stratford Picturehouse, London
Q&A with special guest
Director: Shehrezad Maher
Run time: 60 mins | Recommended Certificate: 12A
Language: Urdu with English subtitles | Year: 2018 | Country: Pakistan/USA
In Karachi, three paramedics discuss their recurring nightmares sparked by their experiences at work: disturbing stories that haunt the first responders responsible for tending to violent events. As well their recollections, This Shaking Keeps Me Steady depicts televised re-enactments with victims, criminals and medical personnel showcase scenarios ranging from the banal to the horrifying. Alternating between reminiscence and fiction, reality and imagination Shehrezad Maher creates a powerful and impactful reflection on trauma and the spectacle of violence in society.
Shehrezad Maher is an interdisciplinary artist who was born and grew up in Karachi, Pakistan (1988) and currently lives in New York. Her work has screened at institutions and festivals such as Visions du Réel, RIDM, the LA Film Forum, Anthology Film Archives, UnionDocs and Experiments in Cinema, and has been reviewed by publications such as Sight and Sound, Afterimage, and Point of View magazine (POV), among others. She studied visual arts at Bennington College (2011) and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University (2014).
Pictured: This Shaking Keeps Me Steady Film Still, Dir Shehrezad Maher