Films in ‘TRUE STORIES Installaties’
King KongGebhard Friedl IFFR 2003
Since his first appearance on the silver screen in 1933, King Kong has represented Western notions of the exotic and the monstrous. In Peter Friedl's video installation the original King Kong story is interwoven with two variations on the theme. In the video, the US musician Daniel Johnston is featured with a song he composed in 1983. The song is the laconic and fatalistic retelling of the King Kong story that concentrates on the monster's love for a (white) woman. Johnston sits on various park benches in Triomfpark, Johannesburg. The park is located in former Sophiatown, which was crucial in the history of South Africa, and also the location for the controversial jazz opera King Kong (1959) based on the tragic life of the heavyweight boxing champion, Ezekiel `King Kong' Dhlamini. Once the `Little Harlem' of South Africa, Sophiatown was gradually bulldozed by the apartheid government, transforming it after 1960 into the white-only suburb called Triomf (Afrikaans for `triumph'). On show in Witte de With.
Sonic MemorialIFFR 2003
www.sonicmemorial.org Hundreds of people contributed to this site with their recordings of the WTC before, on and after 11 September 2001. In this way, it forms a special archive of direct, personal memories that look at the historical event from almost every point of view.
Solid SeaMultiplicity IFFR 2003
Solid Sea results from a research project about recent changes in the Mediterranean region and focuses on flows of immigration that take place there. The installation is a reconstruction of a shipwreck that took place on Christmas Eve 1996 between Sicily and Malta. 280 passengers, from Pakistan and Sri Lanka, died in the accident. For a long time, the authorities kept the shipwreck secret, while fishermen from the village of Portopalo fished up one body after another from the sea. It was only thanks to the efforts of the journalist Giovanni Maria Bellu of the daily La Repubblica that the truth finally emerged. Based on interviews, statistics and maps, the events are reconstructed. The installation was made by the Milan-based team Multiplicity, made up of architects, geographers, artists, planners, photographers, sociologists, economists and film makers. Multiplicity investigates recent and hidden transformation processes in the urban environment. They organise workshops, publish books and make multimedia installations.
Worldview 2002Worldview 2002 IFFR 2003
www.worldview2002.net With the aim of making a portrait of the world in 2002, in the form of a website, and later an installation or linear film, a large number of international filmmakers - including Jon Jost and Peter Snowdon - is making one shot a minute long every week. An impressive collection of video material with images of the world seen from many different points of view.