I Ran From It And Was Still In It

The emotions of Pain and Loss are never clean or linear, artist Darol Olu Kae, captures this in his piece “i ran from it and was still in” a poetic short about his hardship in losing his father and the sudden relocation of his children.

Production Details & Description

A poetic meditation on familial loss and separation, and the love that endures against dispersion. Kae repurposes materials sourced online and pairs them with images from his personal archive in an effort to wade through the deep emotions surrounding his father’s death and the sudden relocation of his children, collapsing time and memory in the process. Taking the autobiographical model as his point of departure, Kae explores how an intimate account of one’s life can potentially extend beyond the realm of personal experiences. In 2020, I ran from it and was still in it screened at the Locarno Film Festival where it won the prestigious Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film and, in 2021, the film was awarded Special Jury Recognition for Poetry in the Documentary Shorts category at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.