Shadows, Specters, and Shards: Making History in Avant-Garde Film – Chile, Obstinate Memory & Cooperation Of Parts

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | November 10, 2005

Thursday, November 10, 2005, 6pm

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Daniel Eisenberg & Jeffrey Skoller in person!

This program is part two of three screenings celebrating FVNM faculty-member Jeffrey Skoller’s recently released book, Shadows, Specters, and Shards: Making History in Avant-Garde Film. Patricio Guzmán explores collective political amnesia in Chile, Obstinate Memory (1997). Twenty-five years after The Battle of Chile, his seminal documentation of the 1973 coup, Guzmán visits with Chileans who experienced the coup first-hand. Survivors reminisce as they watch that film, recognizing lost comrades and recalling their courage, gaiety and love of life. FVNM Department Chair Dan Eisenberg`s Cooperation of Parts (1987) is a journey of questions — through signs, landscapes, memories and fixed meanings. Eisenberg traveled through France, Germany, Poland in order to examine and document the traces and the history of his most recent film story and the shadows of the holocaust. The film explores the territory of the recent past with a second-generation perspective, distanced through time and reflection. With the visual field as a touchstone for a complex set of narrative associations, the film spins a tight web of memory, history, and experience (KJ Mohr). 1987-1997, various directors, USA/Chile, ca. 100 min, 16mm.

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