From archival photographs that testify to years of political violence in Peru, the film builds an analytical narrative that combines the artist’s memory and that of José Pablo Baraybar, head of the Peruvian team of forensic medicine.
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An astonishing montage of sometimes beautiful, often harrowing black & white photographs depicting the violence in Peru committed by various paramilitary and insurgent groups over many years. A haunting work, meticulously researched.
"We are a mass. A functional mass of elements. Of fluids, of tissues, of minerals, of water. We are this. We are not: 'from dust we came and to dust we return.' We don't become dust. We become amorphous mass, putrid, pestilent, pieces that resemble rocks and pieces of other things. We are much closer to the constitution of other things much more than we think or we would like to think."
Exploring the recent History of Peru with photo archives and interesting sound work. It is never dull and illustrative but more like a try at adding something with the sound : atmosphere, poetry, to make it personal. Sadowski is not Chris Marker though, her proposition comes closer to what Patricio Guzmán offers. Very good short on a under-the-radar topic.
Given Le Fresnoy's involvement, I'm wondering if it's a student film. Regardless of whether it is or not, it's damn impressive. An unerringly haunting tone pervades the film and it wrenches poetry out of the most terrible things. Not sure if the soliloquy on dust is a deliberate nod to Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light but this is a worthy companion piece for that masterpiece.