Amsterdam, Netherlands | 2000 | 21 | Super 8mm to 16mm

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Special Program - Found Sounds: A Retrospective of Barbara Meter's Avant-Garde Films
Screening Room - Michigan Theater Thu, Mar 28, 2019 7:00 PM
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Director:Barbara Meter


In this film, Meter listens to found images that never produced any sound. She writes: “Independently of each other, my father and my mother fled from Germany in 1934. They met the same year in Amsterdam. This film is made from photographs they left me, all of which were taken before I was born.” Through slow, hand-held movements of the camera, fades, and dissolves by the artist, the collage of images becomes a journey through the Weimar Republic of the 1920s and 1930s – a time when the government organized the railroad system – and through Hitler’s Germany. Meter explains: “This film hesitates between photography and film: static, yet in motion, the portraits seem as if between life and death.”