28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Leaving the 20th Century

Leaving the 20th Century

director: Max Almy
original title: Leaving the 20th Century
country: United States
year: 1982
running time: 10 min.


This experimental video, divided into three chapters, presents a cacotopic vision of society “dragging its feet” into the 21st century. Enter a dystopia where technology pervades the most intimate corners of the human mind and renders interpersonal contact obsolete, resulting in alienation, isolation, and extinction. The video’s bleak tone is underscored by primitive computer graphics and a shot featuring all white noise, in which the last traces of the human illusion are lost.


Max Almy (* 1948) is an American artist who works with video, radio, and computer animation. The focus of her work lies in the criticism of consumerism and mass media culture, in which she subversively makes use of TV and advertisement materials.

more about film

director: Max Almy
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas