In this short film, Marker critiques, from a Socialist perspective, the role of the trade union movement in France at the dawn of the era of global web economies. —IMDb
“I write to you from a far-off country…”
Information regarding the early life of Chris Marker, photographer, filmmaker, videographer, poet, journalist, multimedia/installation artist, designer, and world traveler, is scarce and conflicting. The year to which his movies, videos, and multimedia projects are dated depends on which source you use, and in which country you live. Personal data is in a state of complete disarray: Derek Malcolm, writing about ¡Cuba Sí! (1961) for The Guardian, reports that Marker was born in Mongolia, of aristocratic descent. Geoff Andrew of Time Out London isn’t sure (Andrew, 146), and most sources, along with the Internet Movie Database, use the location I’ve listed above as his place of birth. Some say his father was an American soldier, others that he (Marker) was a paratrooper in the Second World War. Still others, that he comes to us from an alien planet. Or the future. Throughout his career, he has rarely been interviewed, and even more rarely… read more
28 years ago, Chris Marker predicted that something like the Internet would lead to the sort of grassroots revolution that would topple barbarism and result in a true democratic society. In essence, he saw Occupy and the Arab Spring in his crystal ball before most people had personal computers, let alone knew what a modem was. 2084 is great as a warning against what can go wrong in our quest for pure democracy, yes, but it is even more great as a vision of a stronger loving world.