Beyond the Lines
Lucas Chih-Peng Kao Aref Ghorbani Paria Moazemi Goodarzi Adam Kashmiry Ako Zada Alaa Saloum Ernesto Fernandez Meray Diner Midya Jan Razan Madhoon Sara Shaarawi Sawsan Al Areeqe
Beyond the Lines is a poetic short film inspired by a collection of texts, sounds and stories by writers from refugee backgrounds now settled in Scotland.
These writings cross through a rich emotional landscape, each of them a unique jigsaw piece. Some go back to time and to places that cannot be returned to. Some reflect on the feeling of displacement and some contemplate on the cycle of life and death. Together they form a complicated yet moving and authentic portrait.
Edinburgh based Artist and Film Maker Lucas Chih-Peng Kao draws from his own 19 years of experience after migrating to Scotland from Taiwan, still struggling to fit in from time to time. Shot in Glasgow and Edinburgh on an iPhone, Beyond the Lines uses movement and green screen to interweave stories, and looks at the invisible baggage we carry and the impossibility of blending in.
Beyond the Lines premiered in 2022 at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow as part of Refugee Festival Scotland. The screening was followed by short readings and a panel discussion with Film Maker Lucas Chih-Peng Kao and Poet Sawsan Al Areeqe, chaired by Sara Shaarawi.
Concept, Direction, Camera & Edit by Lucas Chih-peng Kao
Devised and Performed with Ernesto Fernandez
Production Support by Meray Diner and Razan Madhoon
Featuring writing excerpts by Aref Ghorbani, Alaa Saloum, Adam Kashmiry, Ako Zada, Paria Moazemi Goodarzi, Midya Sulamain and Sawsan Al Areeqe.