28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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To Pick a Flower
To Pick a Flower
To Pick a Flower

To Pick a Flower

director: Shireen Seno
original title: To Pick a Flower
country: Philippines
year: 2021
running time: 17 min.


Picking flowers is an act of violence, as is clearing ancient forests and moving natural resources from one continent to another. In her video essay, Shireen Seno, a film auteur of Filipino origin, comments on stock photos taken from the period of American colonialization of the Philippines between 1898 and 1946. She takes note of the similarities between photography and colonialism because images, in the same fashion as political power, are a form of appropriation.


Shireen Seno (* 1983) was born in Japan to a Filipino family. She studied architecture and film in Toronto and has worked with Lav Diaz and John Torres. She has two feature-length films to her name: Big Boy (2012) and Nervous Translation (2018). She tends to explore the relationship between images, history, and memory.

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director: Shireen Seno
producer: Shireen Seno, John Torres
script: Shireen Seno
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