Editorial #37 Cinema

Alifa Bandali

Sarinah Masukor

How do films shape us and our world? This question is at the heart of Runway #37 Cinema, a set of newly commissioned works made in response to a program of twelve very special films. So much of this issue was built on conversation – between us as editors and between the artists and the films they responded to. We talked and drank a lot of coffee. These are some of things we were thinking about.


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The films:

Killer of Sheep, Charles Burnett, 1978

Black Panther Woman, Rachel Perkins, 2014

The Headless Woman, Lucrecia Martel, 2008

Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee, 1989

Floating Life, Clara Law, 1996

Uptight, Jules Dassin, 1968

Girl Fight, Karyn Kusama, 2000

The Watermelon Woman, Cheryl Dunye, 1996

Snow Canon, Mati Diop, 2011

The Second Coming, debbie tucker green, 2014

Meditation Park, Mina Shum, 2017

Nice Coloured Girls, Tracey Moffatt, 1987


Thanks go to the artists who stepped out of their usual working modes and made such a huge commitment to this project. The results are beyond what we hoped for. Thankyou to Kathleen Linn and Georgia Stanton for editorial assistance, Runway’s web designer Andrew Robards and the rest of the Runway board for supporting the issue. And we have so much gratitude for the filmmakers who created the films in our program, true leaders, their work has inspired us to make and build and imagine a different kind of film landscape.


Alifa Bandali has a PhD from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include: gender and decolonial...

Sarinah Masukor is a writer and moving image maker. Her current work explores relationships between fiction and criticism, cinema and gallery. She has participated in...


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