13 mins, 16mm film, 2020.

A foley artist creates sounds for a film starring a dressage horse and dissolves into his own imitation. As the character in the film, played by the gender fluid performer Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, seems to transform into a gender-defying centaur, the film reflects on the boundaries between the human and the animal as well as on fictional gender roles and their transcendence. Shot on 16mm film, PASSAGE alludes to Eadweard Muybridge’s pre-cinematic experiments with horses.

Written, Directed & Edited by

Ann Oren


Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau

Currently on view:

Kindl Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin (through Feb 21)

Festival Highlights:

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
BFI London Film Festival
PÖFF Shorts Black Nights Film Festival, Tallinn

Bucharest International  Experimental Film Festival

Hamburg Short Film Festival
Kasseler Dokfest

Festival International du Film de La Roche-sur-Yon

BOGO Shorts, Bogotá Short Film Festival


Funding support:

The Ostrovsky Family Fund

EPOS festival


Juan Sarmiento G.



Dafne Narvaez Berlfein

Sound Design & Original Score:
Manuela Schininá

Foley Artists:

Peter Roigk & Manuela Schininá

Production Design & Props:

Lacy Barry

Tail Master & Makeup:

Sada Leigh

Costume Design:

Morgan Young

Color Correction:

Steve Sebban

Sound re-recording Mixer:

Robert Hefter

Poster Design:

Delia Keller / Gestaltung Berlin

Produced with the support of

The Ostrovsky Family Fund