Kwassa Kwassa is a film work by SUPERFLEX portraying the construction of a boat on the island of Anjouan, in the Comoro archipelago between Madagasgar and Mozambique. Although usually used for fishing, boats like the one built in the film are in many cases also used for transporting migrants to the neighbouring island of Mayotte, a French oversea territory and the outermost region of the EU. The islands are 70 km apart – separated by a seemingly short, but life-threatening journey that has claimed more than 10,000 lives of women, men and children. Kwassa Kwassa interprets the boat as a contextual construction intended to carry migrants on a dangerous, politically complex journey. Carrying more than symbolic meaning as a vessel for dreams of reaching a better life on the other shore, the boat is also a labor-intensive work of craftsmanship and the physical passage bearing human lives to safety – as the title questions in translation “an unstable boat” from the language of the Comoro Islands.
Filmed September 2015 in Anjouan.
Director: Tuan Andrew Nguyen & SUPERFLEX
Cinematography: Ha Thuc Phu Nam
Drone Pilot: Le Tran Trung
Voiceover: Soumette Ahmed
Logo/Poster: Rasmus Koch Studio
Commissioned by Beaufort Beyond Borders 2015 and Marrakech Biennale 6.
Supported by Danish Art Council.