All That Perishes at the Edge of Land

All That Perishes at the Edge of Land
Hira Nabi

Hira Nabi
All That Perishes at the Edge of Land
(30’33)
2019 

Ocean Master, a decommissioned container vessel, enters into a dialogue with several workers at the Gadani yards. The conversation moves between dreams, desires, places that can be called home, and the violence embedded in the act of dismantling a ship at Gadani. As the workers recall the homes and families they left behind, the long work days mesh indistinguishably into one another, and they are forced to confront the realities of their work in which they are faced with death every day. How may they survive and look towards the future?

Hira Nabi (b. 1987) is a filmmaker and visual artist, currently living and working in Lahore, Pakistan. She works with images and text to tell stories of the everyday. Her practice is concerned with the environment, the often unseen, and a slow process of re-earthing: by which she intends to shift focus away from anthropocentric stories into a more interconnected and larger witnessing of the times we live in.
She earned a BA in film and postcolonial studies from Hampshire College, and an MA in cinema and media studies from The New School. She lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan, where she is teaching at the Beaconhouse National University, and researching cinematic cultures, and botanical movements and plant migrations in South Asia.

Directed: Hira Nabi
Script: Qurratulain Hyder, Hira Nabi
Sound: Faiz Zaidi
Color: Fred Trevino
Made with the shipbreaking workers union at Gadani & Sheherezade Alam