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Intimate Archaeologies

Wed, Feb 22, 2023
  • 7PM
RUN TIME: 116min
MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)
February 2023
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Wednesday February 22, 2023
Performances no longer available.
Part of Film series True to Life
Curated by Yasmina Price

For women filmmakers, exercises in challenging and reconceptualizing dominant visual forms have functioned to claim authority over the act of seeing itself. This constellation of films approaches life writing through both autobiographical and secondhand accounts, layering reflections on the filmmakers’ position as artists, intimate family histories, and technologized forms of looking. Treating the personal as always political, these filmmakers reconfigure cinematic language to subvert the conventions of self-narration to gently excavate what is hidden and challenge what seems apparent, touching on money, motherhood, memory, and the process of making.

A Different Image (1982)

Dir. Alile Sharon Larkin, 50min


An art student sets out to reclaim her body and self-worth from Western patriarchal norms.

History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige (1991)

Dir. Rea Tajiri, 32min


Groundbreaking and haunting, this film is a poetic composition of recorded history and non-recorded memory. Tajiri’s family was among the 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans interned in camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor, an experience that has often been wrapped in silence and forgetting. Ruminating on the difficult nature of representing the past—especially one that exists outside of traditional historical accounts—Tajiri blends footage of interviews, memorabilia, and a pilgrimage to the camp where her mother was interned She also tells the story of her father being drafted before Pearl Harbor and returning home to find his family’s house razed.

Lettre d’une cinéaste: Chantal Akerman (1984)

Dir. Chantal Akerman, 9min
In French with English subtitles


In this collage-like self-portrait, created with a light touch on commission by the French television program Cinéma, cinémas, Akerman demonstrates with surreal humor the essential elements of making a film.

The Trickle Down Theory of Sorrow (2002)

Dir. Mary Filippo, 15min


This experimental, autobiographical documentary reflects on being both the daughter of a working-class mother, and someone who has become middle-class and a mother herself. Situating the filmmaker in the web of economic and social injustices of her culture, the film also acts as an incrimination.

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