“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.
O'er the Land
2009 / United States / 52 min
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A meditation on the milieu of elevated threat addressing national identity, gun culture, wilderness, consumption, patriotism and the possibility of personal transcendence. Of particular interest are the ways Americans have come to understand freedom and the increasingly technological reiterations of manifest destiny.
While channeling our national psyche, the film is interrupted by the story of Col. William Rankin who in 1959, was forced to eject from his F8U fighter jet at 48,000 feet without a pressure suit, only to get trapped for 45 minutes in the up and down drafts of a massive thunderstorm. Remarkably, he survived. Rankin's story represents a non-material, metaphysical kind of freedom. He was vomited up by his own jet, that American icon of progress and strength, but violent purging does not necessarily lead to reassessment or redirection.
This film is concerned with the sudden, simple, thorough ways that events can separate us from the system of things, and place us in a kind of limbo. Like when we fall. Or cross a border. Or get shot. Or saved. The film forces together culturally acceptable icons of heroic national tradition with the suggestion of unacceptable historical consequences, so that seemingly benign locations become zones of moral angst.
|Dir. of Photography||Deborah Stratman|
|Music||Maryane Amacher, Kevin Drumm, Steve Rowell, Lustmord|
|Tags||America, essay, experimental, memory, philosophical|
Country: United States
Sundance Film Festival, 2009 ...
Sundance Film Festival, 2009
Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2009
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L’Alternativa International Film Festival, Barcelona: Best Documentary Feature
CPH:DOX International Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen: New Vision Award
Cinema Eye Honors: Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominee
Ann Arbor Film Festival: Ken Burns Award for Best of Festival
Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival: Best in Festival
Images Festival, Toronto: Best International Film