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In person: Curator and scholar Tarek Elhaik
From the 1920s on one can locate a fascinating, global convergence of avant-garde anthropology and experimental cinemas. In Latin America, this has often resulted in the manufacturing of social utopias and calls for radical figurations of the New Man, often by blurring nationalist and cosmopolitan fantasies dreamt up between Old and New Worlds. Chilean exile film artist and theorist Raúl Ruiz belongs uneasily and dissonantly to this tradition. The program examines this discordance by screening some of Ruiz' little known short and small gauge films alongside the anthropological meditations of two of his contemporaries, Anna Maria Maiolino and Arthur Omar. The viewer is thus invited to experience and experiment with what Ruiz calls "trembling images."
In-Out (Antropofagia), Anna Maria Maiolino, 1974, 8 min., color, sound, Super 8 screening digitally, Brazil
O livro do Raoul | The Raoul Book, Arthur Omar, 1999, 41 min., color, sound, Betacam screening digitally, Brazil
The Film to Come, Raúl Ruiz, 2007, 17 min., color, sound, screening digitally, France-Chile
Le Don | The Gift, Raúl Ruiz, 2007, 3 min., color, sound, screening digitally, France
El regreso de un ratón de bibliotecas | Lettre d'un cinéaste ou Le retour d ́un amateur de bibliothèques | The Return of a Library Lover, Raúl Ruiz, 1983, 12 min., color, sound, screening digitally, France