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GRAMNet/BEMIS Film Series: 69 Minutes of 86 Days

Wed 20 June 2018

On a path littered with life-jackets, in the middle of a crowd of people on the run, a three-year-old girl slowly emerges. Filmed from one metre above ground, the camera captures the story from the viewpoint of the child. We are with her and her little ‘Frost’ backpack amongst all the trouser legs and bags belonging to the adults around her. We realise that she understands the seriousness of the journey and that she is on her way to a new future, but through the entire journey she holds onto her childlike ability to normalise her days. She sings, plays, shares a lollipop with her little sister, washes the face of her uncle and sleeps in the arms of her parents when she gets too tired. The landscape changes continuously as national borders are crossed, but in the same way that the child herself has no relationship to the various countries, we can’t be sure where she is either. All we know is that Lean is on her way to her grandfather in Sweden and that she dreams of learning to swim.