- Amie Siegel
A multi-layered and disarmingly beautiful film essay on the German Democratic Republic and its dissolution, which left many of its former citizens adrift in their newfound freedom. Featured at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, the film collects unsettlingly mundane Stasi surveillance footage, interviews with psychoanalysts, East German “Indian hobbyists,” and lolling shots of derelict state radio stations into an extended and self-conscious assemblage that weaves together meditations on history, memory, and the shared technologies of state control and art. Siegel’s ‘ciné-constellation’ combines vérité interviews with staged dialogue to excavate East German traumas associated with both the Socialist state and reunification.
The post-screening discussion will be moderated by independent/experimental cinema scholar & author Scott MacDonald, who includes a chapter on DDR/DDR in his latest book, Avant-Doc: Intersections of Documentary and Avant-Garde Cinema.