24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
In This Valley of Respite, My Last Breath...
Wandering on the edge of darkness, the camera records grainy objects and pulls hesitant signs of the searched-for refuge from the darkness. By carefully working with light, the filmmaker sketches a unique place bathed in silence and uncertainty, on the back of specific depictions of buildings and landscapes.
“The theme explored in my work is that of ‘journeys’ – both physical and metaphysical; alluding to isolation of the individual and isolation of place.” SJ. Ramir
SJ. Ramir (1971) is a New Zealand photographer and filmmaker who has recently begun to work with the digital image. His works often show the perspective of a person in the middle of an empty landscape. By using custom camera filters to distort reality, he evokes a feeling of loneliness, which is an integral part of his work. The Ji.hlava IDFF previously screened his films Our Hands Are Empty (2014) and Cold Clay, Emptiness… (2010).
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