The News From Over Here

HD Video, 1.33:1, Stereo, United States & Eswatini, 2020

The News From Over Here is a structuralist travelogue film that recounts my experience of disappointment in my American identity while working abroad in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) in 2018. Constructed from long takes filmed by a distant, static camera, I observe the quotidian street life and social landscape of the Swazi town of Siteki, while my narration quotes concurrent national headlines from major U.S. news sources. Anxious media consumption unfolds against the leisurely pace of rural Eswatini, creating an associative mosaic of life in the global village that is equal parts bleak, absurd, comic, and sublime.