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A WILD ENCOUNTER with David Yarrow
Text and questions Alexander Moust
First of all thank; you so much for receiving a long-lasting visual and textual delight as part of myself reviewing your book and work.
AW) If myself and all the readers of this magazine were aliens coming from another galaxy and I would find your books or prints as the sole reminders of human and animal life on earth.. ( after some comet struck planet earth and you were clever enough to hide your visual testimony in a solid sarcophagus, and we had just found it! ..)
As the IDFA festival unfolded during its 30th edition, I got a chance to speak to Augustina Comedi, director of the feature length film: Silence is a falling body. I was introduced by a friend interested in gender issue related films and I had no expectations whatsoever before entering the screening. The film is mainly edited material coming from two sources: home video footage that was shot by Augustina’s father, who passed away when she was twelve and her own video material which mainly involves talking to relatives of herself, her mother and close friends of her father. Besides we have a non-diegetic voice-over of the director herself as we see footage of her family and others during the first 12 years of her life. The topic of the film is in one sentence: the homosexuality of her father and what she as his daughter learned about his life and times before she was born herself in Cordoba, Argentina in 1986, after he got married to her mother.
Kari Ann Moe’s new internationally released documentary film ‘Rebels’ deals with young people in their late teens or early twenties in the city of Oslo. Most of them dropped out of society at an early stage in life.
Many of them have a very low self-esteem, have a small or larger criminal past, are simply too vague in the head, have or show no or little discipline or are in other ways hard to get to and therefore drop out again.
Weiner is a smoked sausage or a slang term for penis. The common spelling is wiener. An example of a weiner is a hot dog or how a parent might refer to their toddler son’s penis.
Just before the entire world was witnessing the final results on the US presidential elections between Trump and Clinton last November, the cinema release of Weiner, a stunning and recently released documentary film on a former NYC mayor candidate, Anthony Weiner, opened our eyes (once again) to what social media can do to our lives in both positive and negative ways.
The international Photo Exhibition Breda Photo 2016 will have ‘YOU’ as its central concept. How interesting it could be to be able to study in which ways other photographers have captured and narrated stories in relation to ‘US’, the viewers and protagonists. Or was it not just that?
When we speak of fashion we seldom address jeans or denim as they belong so much to everyday casual streetwear and used to be for working class people only. But Denim and Jeans represent much more. As a matter of fact, they are enshrined in all of our contemporary genes – yes genes, not jeans. At least that is what the shortly to be released short documentary on Levi’s 501 is telling us. Its protagonists are famous or ‘everyday people’ who express themselves by wearing jeans and who’s lives would have been different without them.
Winning photo and other shots from WPP16
16 April, Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
World Press Photo is among the most influential photo exhibitions in the world and it cannot be denied that photojournalism is still and ever evolving.
When shown first to an international audience at IDFA festival in Amsterdam last November in 2014, the documentary ‘OUR CITY’, made around the city of Brussels and its inhabitants was likely to be focusing on the many different kinds of people who have come there in the past and present to build themselves a new life in the heart of this chaotic city. Apart from various non-Belgian citizens that Brussels houses, the film also brings us up close to the headquarters of the European Parliament, present in all of its corners, besides the vacant real estate property issues the town faces.