Correspondence

Robert Fenz | U.S./Germany | 2011 | 30m
color/b&w | silent | 16mm

Filmmaker Robert Fenz returned to the locations of three classic films made by the pioneering American ethnographic filmmaker Robert Gardner. Dead Birds (1964) was filmed in West Papua, Rivers of Sand (1974) was filmed in Ethiopia and Forest of Bliss (1986) was filmed in Benares, India. Correspondence is not a straightforward commentary on Gardners’s films; it is an elegy for a kind of image-making that is in the process of disappearing.—Robert Fenz

Screens as part of The Soul and the Stem.

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