An Unforeseen Situation (2015)

2015 | Pakistan | Bani Abidi | ★★★

Berlin-based Pakistani artist and film-maker Bani Abidi's mildly stimulating An Unforeseen Situation is a witty short film, filled with interesting images and intriguing though underdeveloped ideas about patriotism and masculinity.


"An Unforeseen Situation refers to a series of orchestrated mass events and spectacular individual feats hosted by the Punjab Ministry of Sports in 2014 during which multiple world records were reportedly broken by Pakistan. Picking up from the popular rumors, newspaper clippings and video footage surrounding the events, the artist examines notions of patriotism, masculinity and foulplay through a fictional narrative based on real events." Vdrome