Zarina Bhimji’s Out of Blue, one of the most critically celebrated artist’s films of recent years, is an abstracted narrative of guilt, mourning, and loss, rooted in specific geopolitical, historical, and autobiographical facts. An artist of Indian descent, Bhimji was eight years old and living in Uganda with her family in 1972, the year General Idi Amin expelled tens of thousands of South Asians from the country. As a filmmaker, Bhimji registers impressions of present-day Uganda through light, color, and texture to bear witness to the recent past.
Zarina Bhimji. Out of Blue, 2002. Restricted gift of Barbara Ruben in memory of Thomas H. Ruben.