24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Metaphysics and Democracy
On average, our eyes remained fixed on an advertisement for six seconds. Advertisements are probably the most common ideological channel that we encounter in visible form. Director Luis Ortiz has based his documentary film on this contrast à la thèse. The visual aspect of the film is made up of 57 one-minute static views of advertising. The soundtrack features texts that challenge the existence of ideology as such (the Borges story Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius) and draws attention to the fact that we often confuse it with ontology (the critics of neoliberalism, such as Ignacio Ramonet and Noam Chomsky).
“In times of political extremism I find it necessary to ask which mechanisms undermine democracy in the so called modern societies, then new progressive answers are needed to confront the simplistic discourses from the right.”
Luis Ortiz (1984) is originally from Colombia, but since 2002 has lived in Germany. He is a member of the El Espejo group, which organizes a festival of short films in Bogota with a socio-political focus. His films generally are documentary essay in nature. In them, he addresses the issues of migration, ideology, decolonization, and economics. His films include The Eye of the Parasites (2008) and Sirenita (2012).
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