28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
A Vague Dread Seems to Silence the Tongue
director: Edward Kihn
original title: A Vague Dread Seems to Silence the Tongue
country: United States
running time: 75 min.
synopsisThe Molly Maguires, a secret organization of Irish immigrants, were responsible for numerous murders in the mining region of Pennsylvania in the 1860s and 1870s. A one-sided historical narrative about the clash of different immigration groups is reconstructed in a film composed of contemporary written records and images of the sites exposed in the text. It views the tragic events as the result of a much more complicated context, involving issues of racism as well as growing social oppression and the slowly forming resistance to it. The long shadow of the painful events unfortunately still falls on the region today.
“A Vague Dread Seems to Silence the Tongue attempts to conjure the spectre of violence that emerged out of the racial animus and labour struggles of the Civil War in the present day, setting the bloody events of the late 19th century against the contemporary landscape of a fading coal economy.”
biographyEdward Kihn's work includes documentary and experimental film and photography. A frequent theme in his work is the intersection of politics, technology and human labour, particularly in relation to how they shape a particular place. The audience in Jihlava has already seen his film Terrain Vague (2020).
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