Forms of Errantry


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One who is errant (who is no longer traveler, discoverer, or conqueror) strives to know the totality of the world, yet already knows she will never accomplish this—and knows that is precisely where the threatened beauty of the world resides.

Lakshmi Padmanabhan

How can the form of experimental documentary address the legacies of colonization as they are lived today? Between India and Haiti, Scholar Lakshmi Padmanabhan and filmmaker Miryam Charles follow the routes opened up by this question to explore histories of survival and the aesthetics of errantry. Contributors offer poetic responses explored in the fissures between image and sound, personal narrative and political history, and in the juxtapositions between the dream of an anticolonial future, and the nightmare of our globalized present.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Erreur, Errer, Errance
Lakshmi Padmanabhan

Refound Objects
Lakshmi Padmanabhan

Burial at Sea
Christopher Harris

Wayward Visions:
The Short Films
of Miryam Charles
Yasmina Price

ensemble dans
des lianes
Chloé Savoie-Bernard
Translation: H Felix Chau Bradley

Atlas of Grief
Dessane Lopez Cassell

Epilogue: Joy yo
Miryam Charles


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