Zanré Reed
Ek Blom (eng. I Bloom)
About the project
Short documentary

Reflections from a garden in Brussels, Belgium addressed to my mother’s garden in South Africa: a film about dirt, gender, and separations. This film is gleaned from years of accumulated experience and struggle within and beyond my personal story. It is social commentary wrapped in poetry and steeped in the personal. I had the privilege of working with Bulgarian cinematographer and maker, Denis Galenkov, and together we were able to compose a visual, poetic world for this short documentary film. "Ek Blom" is an ode to the integration of various imposed social dualisms and a gesture of liberation.
About the author
Born and raised in South Africa, I capture moments of action and contemplation through sound and documentary form. Subjects in my work are often caught in-between states; between gestures of action and lucid daydreams; both being and "not being there". Through a contemplative gaze of ordinary domestic life my work places a finger on our collective capacity for existential wandering. I work as an assistant professor of Podcast Production, Photography and Documentary Filmmaking at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek and am the founder and host of The Bishkek Diaries podcast.