27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Arbitrary Fragments
Arbitrary Fragments
Arbitrary Fragments
Arbitrary Fragments
Arbitrary Fragments

Arbitrary Fragments

director: Barbara Aronofsky Latham
original title: Arbitrary Fragments
country: United States
year: 1978
running time: 13 min.


Polychromatic facial planes, the glass eyes of the camera lenses, and fragmented thoughts all flash across the frame in this experimental film. Among the random fragments of multiple reality lies the dissected face of the medium, which stands between the sender and the recipient. Between two closed worlds, a web of meanings, relationships, and interactions develops, in which we try to cross paths with others, as well as ourselves.


American video artist Barbara Aronofsky Latham (1947–1984) explored issues of politics, feminism, and identity throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The Ann Arbor Film Festival in Michigan named their award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist after her. Among Latham’s most noted works include AlienNATION (1979), Chained Reactions (1982), and Consuming Passions (1983).

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director: Barbara Aronofsky Latham
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
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