FILM: Videograms of a Revolution
Part of the "Documentary, Adjective" Series
Nov 03, 2011
from 06:30 PM to 08:15 PM
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Summary: In light of the wave of political uprisings sweeping North Africa and the Middle East, it seems timely to revisit Farocki and Ujica’s stunning collaboration, which documents Romania’s popular revolution of 1989 that led to the overthrow of the country’s communist regime and the subsequent execution of its leader Nicolae Ceausescu. Issues concerning the intersection of television, violence, and democracy jump to the fore as the filmmakers turn a variety of amateur and professional archival footage of the revolution into video-based form of historiography, equally dramatic as it is grotesque.
Admission is free with a University ID and $4 for all others. Tickets are available at the Varsity Theater Box Office (123 E. Franklin Street).
DOCUMENTARY, ADJECTIVE retrospective will feature documentary films from Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania and Croatia
Bio: This retrospective is part of the new Ackland Film Forum.
This retrospective presents several films by contemporary documentary filmmakers indicative of trends in East European non-fiction cinema in the last twenty years. The films in the program strike many interesting formal and thematic directions, such as concepts of national identity, political power, historical memory, representation of war, freedom, and family rituals.
The intent is not to present these films as a cohesive series of responses of one generation to the transformation of the former East Bloc into independent states. After all, what once constituted the geopolitical construct “Eastern Europe,” now consists of societies of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, each capable of producing a distinct cinematic tradition. This is as true of filmmakers before 1989 and those today.
In that sense, the primary goal of the retrospective is not to present these films as sources of factual information about East Europe, but rather as intersections of creative expression and documentary practice. The audience’s attention, in return, is drawn to the limits of abstracting meaning from particular social contexts and to the equivocal historical function of moving image forms. Hence the choice of the title: “Documentary, adjective.” Documentary, as a caveat and contingency.
Location: Varsity Theater (123 Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514)
Sponsors: Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature; Ackland Art Museum; Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies