Curated for the Melbourne International Film Festival by Abina Manning (Video Data Bank, Chicago), this innovative selection of recent international video works investigates the political and social 'spirit' of our times.
The program includes:Throwing StonesJohn Smith, 11 mins, UK, 2004
A wry, reflective work relating personal experiences to contemporary world events.
Bobby Abate, 13 mins, USA, 2004
This visually stunning short conjures up famous historical prophecies which meditate on the forces that are driving us into a dark, paranoid and uncertain future.
How to Fix the WorldJacqueline Goss, 28 mins, USA, 2005
Psychologist A.R. Luria's research on the Islamic outskirts of the Soviet Union in the 1930s provides the basis for a humorous exploration of the difficulties of cross-cultural communication.
Untitled Video on Lynne Stewart and Her Conviction, The Law and Poetry
Paul Chan, 17 mins, USA, 2006
A video portrait of the first lawyer to be convicted of aiding terrorism in the United States.
Papillon d'amourNicholas Provost, 4 mins, Belgium, 2003
Papillon d'amour subjects fragments from Kurosawa's Rashomon to a mirror effect, producing a hallucinatory scene.