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Scripted in collaboration with China Miéville, DEEP STATE takes its title from the Turkish term derin devlet, meaning ‘the state within the state’.
This shadowy nexus of special interests and covert relationships is the place where real power is said to reside, and where decisions are made that often run counter to the outward impression of democracy.
This undertow in the tide of history is illuminated in a vivid montage of newly filmed and archive footage.
A 'riotonaut' time-travels through demonstrations; on a moonscape, confronted with a picket that becomes a riot, an ur-dictator blurts stupefying hot-air abstractions of neo-liberalism.
DEEP STATE germinated from the directors’ experiences in Cairo prior to the occupation of Tahrir Square, at a time when it seemed impossible to speak about resistance.
The film offers a move away from fossilised conceptions of resistance into new, unimagined possibilities..