WomenCineMakers // Special Edition

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Women Cinemakers meets

Lin Li Lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland Swika is a dog that lives with a family of nomads in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. He spends most of the time during the day sleeping under a pile of branches. His owner Hamed, with the assistance of his relative and interpreter Youssef, talks about the changes which have affected Swika and their way of life. While the film centres around Swika and his house of branches, footage captured from the dog house offers oblique glimpses of the desert landscape and of the daily life of Hamed and his family. An interview by Francis L. Quettier and Dora S. Tennant womencinemaker@berlin.com Hello Lin and welcome to WomenCinemakers: we would start this interview with a couple of introductory questions. Coming from an academic and employment background in Social Sciences and disability service, you gradually shifted your vocation to Fine Art: what did address you to this important change in your career and how does the relationship between your cultural substratum due to your Hong Kongese roots and your

current life in Scotland direct the trajectory of your artistic research? I changed the direction of my career relatively late in life when I was entering the fifth decade of my life. I studied Psychology and Philosophy at university and then taught and worked as an academic researcher for many years. When I decided to spend more time and energy on art, specifically painting, I gave up my academic career and took up a job in a local government social work department in Scotland working for visually impaired people. It was not an easy decision at the time because my academic research post was interesting and my colleagues were stimulating and easy to work with.