Truth and Kinship


“Truth and Kinship” is shot in Tower Hamlets, Canary Wharf and Isle of Dogs. Steeped in history as one of the largest ports for trade in the UK this is a landscape determined by extreme wealth divides, aggressive property development and finance. Narrated by a disembodied, genderless voice that recounts memories speaking of pain, longing and desire we watch three young people from diverse backgrounds navigate this hostile space in their quest for social mobility. The main protagonist, a suited white male uses his privilege to explore his sexual identity, fetishising queerness at the expense of others. Limited by his homophobia he resumes a life of heteronormativity and access to capital having delved to far into queer subculture. The film considers the different daily realities the characters encounter in public space. Hierarchical and in a state of perpetual mutation “Truth and Kinship” questions how the city adapts to serve capitalist identity’s to the detriment of others.

Film by Gaby Sahhar

Performed by
Gaby Sahhar
Jinan Petra
Linus Karp
Joshua Harriette

Director of Photography Rosie Taylor
Edited by Gaby Sahhar & Rosie Taylor
Sound by Milo McKinnon
Colourist Philippo Morozof
Assistant Camera Edem Wornoo
Personal Assistant Dusan Kacan

Arts Council Funded