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This popular crash course in the contemporary documentary features short films from up-and-coming filmmakers and established artists working in a dizzying range of forms and tones.
Among this year’s highlights are Ghosts of Sugar Land, an unexpectedly humorous and emotional Sundance award-winning short by Bassam Tariq in which a group of young Muslim American men recall an absent friend whom they suspect joined ISIS. The virtuosic Walled/Unwalled, by current Turner Prize–nominee Lawrence Abu Hamdan, visually and sonically tracks through a sound studio to tell three different stories related to walls and their ramifications. (program approx. 75 mins., DCP)
(Derek Howard, 2019, Canada/Kenya, 6 mins.)
Three Maasai men harvest honey in Kenya’s Mau Forest in this carefully composed portrait of often-invisible labor.
(Laurence Abu Hamdan, 2018, Germany, 20 mins.)
In the haunting Walled/Unwalled, the artist and self-described “private ear” Lawrence Abu Hamdan recounts three different stories related to walls and their concomitant social, legal, and psychological ramifications.
Dramatic and Mild
(Nastya Korkiya, 2018, Soviet Union, 6 mins.)
This short essay on the importance of art explores how visitors and security guards act and think while enclosed in a small room with the painting Krass und mild (Dramatic and Mild, 1932) by Vasily Kandinsky.
The Violence of a Civilization without Secrets
(New Red Order, 2018, United States, 10 mins.)
An urgent reflection on indigenous sovereignty, the undead violence of museum archives, and postmortem justice through the case of the “Kennewick Man,” a prehistoric Paleo-American man whose remains were found in Kennewick, Washington, in 1996.
Ghosts of Sugar Land
(Bassam Tariq, 2019, United States, 21 mins.)
In Sugar Land, Texas, a group of young Muslim American men ponder the disappearance of their friend “Mark,” who is suspected of joining ISIS.
(Vera Brunner-Sung, work in progress, United States, 16:30 mins.)
Actor Mark Metcalf made his reputation in Hollywood playing aggrieved authority figures in films such as National Lampoon’s Animal House. Now in his 70s, he takes a look back on his career in this meditation on power, privilege, and the perils of being a “type.”
Ghost of Sugar Land, image courtesy of Field of Vision
Walled/Unwalled, image courtesy of Jarred Alterman
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