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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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African Film School
African Film School
African Film School
African Film School

African Film School

director: Roger Horn
original title: African Film School
country: South Africa
year: 2017
running time: 5 min.

synopsis

Found 8mm home movies from safaris in South Africa and Zimbabwe in the 1960s – i.e., during the apartheid era. The filmmaker finds inspiration in Peter Kubelka’s avant-garde work Unsere Afrikareise and uses montage and editing to critically refl ect on the colonial representation of the African landscape.

“Having lived in South Africa for almost a decade, I wanted to find an abstract way to reflect on my journey as a filmmaker and highlight my concerns regarding the visual misrepresentations of Southern Africa.” R. Horn

biography

American director Roger Horn (1977) teaches film production and visual anthropology in Cape Town. In his work, he draws on more than twenty years of experience in various fields of media production. His films work with elements of visual anthropology and are made using found footage. Horn has repeatedly explored burning issues facing South Africa, such as xenophobia, migration, gender identity and sexuality.

more about film

director: Roger Horn
producer: Roger Horn
editing: Roger Horn
sound: Roger Horn

other films in the section

Of her Kingdom
Memories of sounds, everyday artefacts, fragments of situations, visual traces of gestures along with fleeting expressions of inner movements bring about in a gentle way the blanks and losses in this diary essay on the paramount importance of space and behaviour, duration of (un)happiness and focus on the present moment as a means of defence against exhaustion. “A film about absence/bereavement; trying to remember "her" gestures and presence through scattered fragments of memories, reminiscences of sounds and a decaying silence.” V. Guilbert     
personal program

Of her Kingdom

Vincent Guilbert
Japan / 2019 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
La Mesa
Genre conventions cleverly broken down with animations, breaking through the scenery of rural Mexico, where in the area surrounding the director’s family farm, symbols of stories of physical desire conceal a layer of idyllic childhood memories and come into conflict with the traditional concept of masculinity and identity expression.   "By centering queer desire within the story of my Mexican-American family, I validate my own lived experience as well as challenge popular representation of masculinity, power and vulnerability." A. G. Gomez  

La Mesa

Adrian Garcia Gomez
United States / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
The Will
A meditative evocation of the South Korean “Candlelight Revolution” in the winter of 2016/17. The hybrid mosaic, in which archival and contemporary footage is altered by visual manipulation and performative moments, shows artifacts, situations, and gestures reflecting the desire for political change.  "The sense of vulnerability facing the unimaginable change made it only possible to borrow the quotations from the past and the future." S. Kim, J. Cho  

The Will

Jenny Cho, Sungeun Kim
South Korea / 2018 / 20 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
The Pit
Contemporary and archival footage of the Berkeley Pit, an open pit copper mine in Montana – today filled with contaminated water – is chemically altered using poisonous substances from this water containing copper, arsenic, cadmium, zinc, and sulfuric acid in order to call attention to the destructive consequences of mining. “The film shows the destructive consequences of mine waste through a variety of photochemical processes using the same contaminants found in the water of the pit.“ J. Gerlach
personal program

The Pit

Jona Gerlach
United States / 2019 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Proof of Memory
Visual memories collected during the first year after the filmmaker’s graduation from university, altered using computer graphics to create disconnected particles of overlapping scenes showing various forms of depression from burnout, relationship crises, and a lack of physical and mental strength."Feelings that are impossible to be expressed by words can be shown through a camera or a computer." Y. Kawata

Proof of Memory

Yosuke Kawata
Japan / 2017 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
Non-Places: Beyond the Infinite
This essayist collage visually develops French anthropologist Marc Augé’s concept of nonplace (ephemeral places characterized by anonymity or blurred identity) and turns images of highways and rest stops upside down, thus emphasizing the difficult-to-grasp images of these worlds “Marc Augé’s essay (Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity) meets with Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in some Hungarian highway rest areas.”

Non-Places: Beyond the Infinite

Péter Lichter
Hungary / 2016 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
LATENCY/ CONTEMPLATION 5
Structures of lyrical scenes composed into shifting layers of geometric objects set out to work accompanied by noise minimalism, changeable perspective and close ups. Compositions made in this way, capturing trees, bushes, plants and rivers, recall the fluidity of landscapes and nature (or rather their concepts).  “Frames within a frame, this meticulous dual structure suggests psychological and visual provocations of linear aspects such as time and place, guiding the viewer to the moment of visual meditation.” S. Cho 
personal program

LATENCY/ CONTEMPLATION 5

Seoungho Cho
United States, South Korea / 2019 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Where Shapes Come From
A description of non-randomness in the processes by which atoms join to form matter, accompanied by images from a museum laboratory. Subtle alterations to the real image are Formulas with scenes of a mineralogist’s work. Chemical equations and virtual bodies and shapes give form to the invisible processes involved in the creation of substances. “We spent an intensive three months as artists in residence in the Mineral Sciences Laboratory at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; this is the work that came out. The green workshop has since been redecorated and is no longer home to all these amazing curiosities.” R. Jarman, J. Gerhardt

Where Shapes Come From

SEMICONDUCTOR
United Kingdom, United States / 2016 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Musical Landscape
This conceptual experience in which differences in color are translated into notes on a piano looks at the area surrounding the port of Marseille. The result is a musical composition created through an abstracted reflection of the nature, look, and visual diversity of a place where ships arrive and depart. "Through video artworks, I ruminate both on the notions of temporality and duality of digital arts - the interplay of the sound and the image - to build new realities to the world around us." J.-M. Rolland  

Musical Landscape

Jean-Michel Rolland
France / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Domus
This portrait of architect Carlo Mollino looks at the vision of organizing space, buildings or sculptures. Contours and surfaces, as well as the absence present in crossed-out notes, crumpled sketches and the shapes and textures of material and scratched patters of houses, construct a rhythmic collage of expressions to the landscape. “By way of story, C. Mollino pledged himself to his craft and foreshadowed a brilliant lifetime of architecture. In telling this story, Domus configures its author’s own intentions, transposed from architecture and housed within cinema.” R. Vermette

Domus

Rhayne Vermette
Canada / 2017 / 15 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
below
A surface rhythmised by reappearing image segments of a forest, gets projects during a walk, brought about also by the sound, into a space in which black-and-white and colour footage reveals monochromatic parts. These build up to create an effect of the third dimension, pulling our view into the depth and turning the ingenious schedule of the whole into a cognitive game using 3D representation."Below is not so much about borne suffering or the history of a memorial place. It tells more about the relation of depth-time and space-duration being interwoven in every moment of an image. " B. Spiegel
personal program

below

Björn Speidel
Germany / 2019 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Some Clouds Float Distant
A visual illustration of the process of remembering, when the mind associates the image of an object with similar images based on the person’s mental organization. These are more a reflection of his identity than an imprint of real things and events. “I’m interested in creating works that exist as experience themselves. I consider it necessary to implement the sensitive, the sensual, the experiential into the artwork: to appeal to an erotic of artwork.” G. E. Veloso

Some Clouds Float Distant

Gonzalo E. Veloso
Spain / 2017 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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