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Artists' Documentary Elegies For Ideologies
Tue 8 Jan 18:00 ICA, Screen 1
This event is a special screening by Open City Docs Fest, Londonâ€™s annual documentary film festival.
The sense of melancholia that runs through this programme acts like an elegy to the Twentieth Century ideologies and ideals of the left. Phil Collinsâ€™ interviews of ex-GDR teachers echo Rachel Garfieldâ€™s interviews with adult children of leftwing activists in the UK. Uriel Orlow departs from interview aesthetics and into the realm of poetic truth using science fiction as a form from which to explore nostalgia for old ideals. Chlala and Sansour set up a situation in which their protagonists improvise a conversation teasing out ideologies of nationhood and power.
Marxism Today (prologue) / Phil Collins / Germany / 2010 / 25â€™
The Straggle / Rachel Garfield / UK / 2012 / 20â€™
Remnants of the Future / Uriel Orlow / Armenia/UK / 2010 / 21â€™
Trespass the Salt / Larissa Sansour and Youmna Chlala / 2011/ Lebanon, Palestine, UK / 11â€™
The screening will be followed by a discussion with artists Larissa Sansour and Rachel Garfield and curator / filmmaker Treasa Oâ€™Brien of Open City Docs Fest.