RE/PLAY Shorts

Where We Meet

Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros and Lexi Mellish-Mingo

F-O-R-M 2020 Commission

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Where We Meet is an experimental film exploring the Black femme body and its relationship to space through conscious movement on the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, and Musqueam people. The story follows our protagonist as they navigate isolation and seek a sense of belonging in a conflicting and new environment. Drawing on themes of double consciousness and experimental embodiment, this story explores the relationship between Blackness and the environment in which this concept exists. Drawing from community dialogue to address the filmmakers’ own subjective relationship to public space as mixed race Black identifying people, this film intends to hold space for diverse experiences of Blackness in so called “Vancouver”. In times where racial politics exist in every crevice of society, the filmmakers escape temporal confines by decolonizing our situated experience, delving into the untold past, dreamy memories and future imaginings.

The Festival Of Recorded Movement is on now! November 4-18.  Go to to see their schedule of in-person and online programming.

Filmmaker: Karmella cen Benedito De Barros
Filmmaker and Mover: Lexi Mellish-Mingo
Music Composer: Isaia Dobbs
Mover: Janessa St. Pierre
Mover and Interviewee: Kafiya Mudey
Interviewees: Felix-Marie Badeau, Chelene Knigh and Rubie Smith Díaz
The creation of this film was supported by the 2020 F-O-R-M Commissioning Funds, in partnership with Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, and Charles st. Video (Toronto). We would like to thank the British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, and the City of Vancouver.

F-O-R-M has been a 9 year journey. 

It’s hard to believe that our inaugural festival was held back in 2016, and now, we are about to celebrate our 8th annual festival very soon November 4 – 18!

Over this time, we have commissioned 57 short films from youth and emerging artists across canada. Through this journey, we have been witness to the changes and evolution of film and technology and to the ways our movements shift in response to and alongside this. What grounds us through these changes and what remains central to these works is the sensation, breath and the telling of important and personal stories with and through the body. These three selected commissioned films from across the years highlight local artists and their varied creative approaches to the theme of Recorded Movement. Whether through fashion (Faux Solo), documentary (Where We Meet) or music (AION), each with their own distinctive movement styles presents an array of possibilities that encompasses movement-on-screen. I hope you enjoy watching these films, and hope you will join us November 4 – 18 (in-person or online!) as we continue to celebrate the body in motion through film.

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Sophia Mai Wolfe 

Founder and Organizational Director of F-O-R-M