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Cadence Video Poetry Festival 2024 – When we bite down

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Poetry has a history of getting people in trouble. Throughout time, poetry has been suppressed and poets persecuted for not writing the party line. This showcase gives voice to the outcasts and the cast out, the identity-torn seeking belonging, and the otherwise outlawed. By questioning the status quo and our place within it, these video poems reveal disruptive truths. To all poets who persist, who write rebellion, who reject silence and speak out—it can be dangerous, but we are many and poetry provides us refuge.

This showcase features “Exiles (Exils),” a dance film from Lebanon. “Exiles (Exils)” is a conversation with oneself when the ground slips away beneath our feet. A forced journey, when we would rather remain grounded by our roots; the refusal of an imposed destiny, out of home. A dreamlike vision of a home-island that we cling to; our asylum from chaos. (director: Josef Khallouf, poet: Corinne Boulad, Lebanon, 2023, 5 min, in French with hardcoded English subtitles)

Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and intermedia artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, during National Poetry Month.

Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, the festival fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.


April 20
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122 United States
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