Identification : let me tell you where i’ve been* in five short stories
“I, alive and glimmering like the instants, spark and go out, alight and go out, spark and go out. It’s just that whatever I capture in me has, when it’s now being transposed into writing, the despair that words take up more instants than the flash of a glance. More than the instant, I want its flow.” — Clarice Lispector, Água Viva
I make films and videos and they are all short. They’re all short and they’re all personal, based on stories that are my own or about relationships I’ve had or am having. My last film was about my incarcerated brother and it was incredibly hard to make, for reasons both logistical and pyschologistical. For my next project, I’m moving back into fiction. It’s a short film about strangers in paradise.
I’m never actually present in my own work. By that I mean that while the work is almost always particular to me and usually involves a lot of voiceover, I rarely put myself in front of the camera. When the generous and patient friends at Kindle asked me to write something for the Nexus page, I thought three things: keep it short; keep practicing your thing; don’t overthink it.
*Referencing the extraordinary collection Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora, edited by Persis Karim.
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Nika’s latest film is called Free World Pens. Watch the teaser below: