Harun Farocki's films are a constant meditation on images and their sources, an inquiry into the institutions that produce images and put them into circulation. The director is also interested in the ties between the military, science, and industry, between military and civil technologies, which in "The Inextinguishable Fire" is illustrated through the example of Dow Chemical, which produced plastic foil for household use while simultaneously producing napalm for use in the Vietnam War. In the language of an instructional film he looks at arms manufacturing and asks: How easy is it to make a machine-gun out of vacuum parts and a vacuum out of machine-gun parts?
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