28 min, 2020
It is in the spaces and cracks between images that South as a film comes into being. This film is an expressive study of anti-racist and anti-authoritarian movements in southern communities: Chicago’s South Side and South London (where Quaintance lives), and the American Deep South, as well as South Africa during the apartheid regime. South as a metaphor for geographical division helps to grasp just how big the world is and how important is interconnection. Through a mix of analogue 16mm celluloid and images from Google Street View, Quaintance’s abstract editing patterns and sensitive approach to his protagonists makes South a film that is largely created by ourselves as we watch it. South examines the relationship between the individual and the collective, between theory and practice, social responsibility and the openings from which positive change can come about.