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Basis voor Actuele Kunst - BAK

Public Institution
Cinematic Narratives from Elsewhere: Against Amnesia and Apathy, 22.10.2011, 11:00-19:00
  The second installment of the public program, Cinematic Narratives from Elsewhere, situates the legacy and significance of Third World Cinema within today's context by featuring the work of Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz who the Venice International Film Festival called the "ideological father of the New Philippine Cinema." Diaz's epic films, deeply rooted in the bitter oligarchic political realities that continue to prevail in the Philippines, often portray individuals caught between resistance and defeat in the face of the violent ruling political machinery that characterizes the nation's history. As an independent filmmaker who is staunchly against Hollywood and commercial film production, Diaz's signature long-takes, lyrical storytelling, and extensive running times function not only as crucial elements of his aesthetic concerns but open up radically new possibilities for audiences to converse and interact with his films.

Winner of the Best Film Award in the Orizzonti Section of 65th Venice International Film Festival, Diaz's Melancholia (2008) is a brutally staged psychodrama in which three characters undergo a radical process of amnesia to cope with the forced disappearance of their loved ones who struggled against the government. Shifting between real and fictive characters, and amongst different temporalities and narratives, the film is Diaz's anguished tribute to his fellow countrymen who perished and the survivors who must endure a painful state of remembrance. Melancholia is an exemplary work that elucidates Diaz's ideological position that it is the social responsibility of a filmmaker to ceaselessly register injustices that are otherwise undocumented and left to fall into the cracks of the daily struggles still at play in the Philippines.

Film screening, Lav Diaz, Melancholia, 2008, 456 min.

The program will be followed by drinks at BAK. The film will be screened with three breaks. Light refreshments will be available throughout the screening. Reservations are required; please send an e-mail to: to reserve a seat.

On the occasion of the public program, the exhibition Spacecraft Icarus 13. Narratives of Progress from Elsewhere at BAK's exhibition space will have extended opening hours from 10:00 to 20:30 hrs to allow participants at the film screening a chance to view the exhibition prior to or after the event.

Cinematic Narratives from Elsewhere: Upcoming events:

5 November 2011, 14.00-17.00 hrs, Excavating a Cinematic Future, with Keiko Sei (founder of Myanmar Moving Image Center (Yangon, Burma), writer, and curator, Bangkok)

19 November 2011, 14.00-17.00 hrs, The Political Carnivalesque, with film screening, Glauber Rocha, Entranced Earth (1967) and a lecture by Wendelien van Oldenborgh (artist, Rotterdam)

3 December 2011, 14.00-17.00 hrs, Revisions of African Representation, film afternoon curated by Kiluanji Kia Henda (artist, Luanda)

Venue for public program activities: Het Utrechts Archief, Hamburgerstraat 28, 3512 NS Utrecht (around the corner from BAK).

Visiting Address Spacecraft Icarus 13: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Lange Nieuwstraat 4, 3512 PH Utrecht

Opening hours
Wednesday-Saturday 12.00-17.00 hrs
Sunday 13.00-17.00 hrs

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