Deborah Stratman | U.S. | 2011 | 4m 56s
b&w | sound | DVCam
A reworking of Humphrey Jennings’ seminal 36-minute 1943 docudrama The Silent Village, wherein coal miners from the Welsh village of Cwmgiedd collectively reenact the Nazi invasion and annihilation of the resisting Czech village of Lidice, a mining town itself. Focus in this short remake is on how sound is used as a mode of social control, and the larger historical implications of repetition. An homage to Jennings’ lucid address of labor, power, commemoration and industrialization.—Deborah Stratman
Screens as part of Ladders and Tracks.