Short Film

Maya Deren – Witch’s Cradle (1944) (HD)

“In 1944 Maya made a film at the Peggy Guggenheim Art of this Century Gallery with Marcel Duchamp called Witches Cradle. Deren used the camera, as she envisioned medieval witches and magicians did, to ‘defy’ time and space through the disappearance and reappearance of objects. Based on an article written by the Frenchman Charles Duits, colleague of Andre Breton and an extra in Ritual in Transfigured Time, Deren compared these medieval witches and magicians to the surrealists, and had a brief association with the movement. She resisted the label attached to her work and defended her position in scholarship and on tour for lecture/demonstrations.” ( Read More »

Maya Deren – Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946)

Ritual in Transfigured Time is like a dream, meaning that the various sequences don’t seem to have any connection to each other unless you try to approach this film in a different way and not as a conventional hollywood movie.

The main character in the film is Rita Christiani who after a strange scene with Maya Deren herself who disappears startling Rita, appears in this ball with ladies and gentlemen dancing. This film has one of the most beautiful scenes in a Maya Deren’s film when Rita Christiani while she’s dancing she appears to float in the air. Read More »

Fumio Kamei – Ikiteite yokatta AKA It Is Good to Live (1956)

From Amos Vogel’s Film as a Subversive Art:
This is one of the first documentary films about the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It coldly records the lingering effects of the bomb on the victims decades later. In a succession of realistic, shocking sequences, their lives, difficulties, and camaraderie are examined. The very objectivity of incidents, scenes, and faces makes the film the more terrifying. Read More »

Kira Muratova – Kukla AKA Doll (2008)

Fraud has always been a burning issue. The story could have taken place in any era. But the very title – “The Doll”, that is, a fake wad of money – points to our times. The character in the film is a hilarious sadist. It’s a perversion of the psyche that borders on insanity: “I hate my ex-wife so much that I’ll pretend to ennoble her and actually play a trick on her.” Read More »

Hussein Shariffe – The Dislocation of Amber (1975)

‘The Dislocation of Amber’ was filmed in the city of Suakin, a formerly flourishing port in Sudan, now in ruins. Its history is one of famine and opulence, devastation and progress, rich trade and damage, and colonialism. Shariffe used symbols to accentuate a sense of desertion and alienation hinted at in the title. This surreal masterpiece of Sudanese cinema features poems sung by the late Sudanese singer Abdel-Aziz Dawoud. Read More »

Paulo Abreu – O que não se vê (2020)

In “What Is Not Seen”, Paulo Abreu subtly repositions the most characteristic tropes of the travel narrative: in lieu of a dialectic of self-recognition mediated by the discovery of others, we find a game of interruptions, in which the constant theme of the mechanisms of vision – within a markedly essayistic device between landscapes, displacements, and voice over – seemingly replaces the utopia of a possible encounter. Read More »

Andrzej Munk – Pamietniki chlopow AKA Peasant Diaries (1952)

About the movie:
In 1952 Andrzej Munk made PAMIETNIKI CHLOPOW [PEASANT DIARIES], a film that was meant, to put it briefly, to show what people were told to believe about the wonderful lives that Polish peasants led in post-war Poland. In his book ” Moja filmoteka. Kino polskie” [My Film Archive. Polish Cinema] Aleksander Jackiewicz wrote that though he found the film to lack a hint of a shadow on the picture of those times to make it truly authentic, as clearly People’s Poland could not include peasants who were not successful, even so one could find in it “a tiny bit of authenticity that was absent from the works of other directors”. Read More »