The Stuart Hall Project

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The Stuart Hall Project (2013). John Akomfrah's hommage to the life and work of Stuart Hall consists of carefully selected and composed unique archival material of Stuart Hall's important contributions to political and cultural life in the twentieth century. Akomfrah's installation The Unfinished Converstation (2012) places Hall's life and work dynamically in relation to his family background and world history. John Akomfrah's commentary on The Unfinished Conversation  for the Tapie Biennale is also very beautifully articulated. 

For free articles on Stuart Hall see "Remembering Stuart Hall" on the Taylor & Francis online website.

 

Les Chevaux de Dieu / God's Horses

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Nabil Ayouch's film Les Chevaux de Dieu  (2012) follows two brothers who live in Sidi Moumen, a poor neighborhood in Casablanca over the course of a decade that lead up to the terrorist attacks that took place in Casablanca in 2003. Another great film in the New Moroccan cinema programme in EYE, organized by Fouad Laroui. Ayouch worked with non-professional actors, created an intense, subtle and complex story of the (micro and macro) traumas that can lead to fundamentalist choices. Really worthwhile watching, thinking about and discussing. See here for a trailer of the film.

 


 

Rock the Casbah

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Laila Marrakchi's beautiful second film Rock the Casbah as part of the New Moroccan Cinema in EYE. Intelligent drama with humor and subtle political moments. Some excerpts of the film can be seen online. Strong acting of  Morjana Alaoui, Nadine Labaki, Lubna Azabal, Hiam Abbass and Omar Sharif as (grand)father and ghost. 

Antony's voice

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Just a long time favorite. Antony and the Johnsons. Crazy in Love and Epilepsy is Dancing. Swann Lights and Cut the World. Video of this last song with Carice van Houten and Maria Abramovic. 

Hanna Schygulla's Traumprotokolle

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Another encounter in Berlin: Hanna Schygulla re-edited VHS-video materials from the 1979 that together with some new short films are shown in the Akademie der Kunste in a small but poetic and touching exhibtion called Traumprotokolle (Dream Protocols). The photo above is from the installation Kino-Traum (Cinema-Dream). Other works from 1979 are Zugabe (Bonus) and Wer bin Ich? (Who am I). New works include Hanna/Hannah (on the memorial site of victims of the Nazi's in Berlin) and Traumtunnel (a poetic reflection on 'waking up to dream'). 

Un Jour Comme Un Autre

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What a melancholy in Brigitte Bardot's performance on a 'bateau -mouche' of this sad love song 'A Day Like Any Other' composed by Gerard Bourgeois and Jean Marc Riviere. The song first appeared on the album Bonnie and Clyde by Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg in 1964. The video clip directed by Francois Reichenbach was first shown on the French television program Le Show Bardot in 1968. A surprise encounter of the video in the beautful Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin. The video can also be watched online. The Hamburger Bahnhof Museum also exhibits Harun Farocki's important Serious Games and Susan Philipsz spatial and mesmerizing part file score, a new experience of Hanns Eisler's music for films.