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Martina’s Playhouse

Peggy Ahwesh 1989
USA | Format: Super 8 blown up to 16mm | color | sound | 20 minutes

“In Martina’s Playhouse everything is up for grabs. The little girl of the title oscillates from narrator to reader to performer and from the role of baby to that of mother. While the roles she adopts may be learned, they are not set, and she moves easily between them.
Similarly, in filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh’s playhouse of encounters with friends, objects aren’t merely objects but shift between layers of meaning. Men are conspicuously absent, a ‘lack’ reversing the Lacanian/Freudian constructions of women, as Ahwesh plays with other possibilities.”—Kathy Geritz, program notes (Berkeley: Pacific Film Archive, 1990)

Super 8 blown up to 16mm by Bill Brand
A National Film Preservation Foundation funded project of Bard College

Screening as part of the program Peggy Ahwesh and Joe Gibbons

Venue: Howard Gilman Theater

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