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Ethnographic Fictions: Spotlight on Laura Huertas Millán

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Even if Colombia-born, France-based artist filmmaker Laura Huertas Millán has so far only worked with short and medium-length formats, she has a remarkably sharp, meaningful body of work. MUBI is proud to present a double bill of two of her “ethnographic fictions”, a term borrowed from pioneer Jean Rouch by Huertas Millán after spending a year at the prestigious Sensory Ethnography Lab of Harvard University (Leviathan, Manakamana) in order to frame the tension at the heart of her films: a beguiling negotiation between the documentary gaze and the staging of reality, mediated by an anthropological approach to images. These works examine the heritage of colonialism in contemporary societies through a variety of lenses and languages, and navigate both familiar territory and the so-called otherness with the same rigour, taking the tradition of ethnography to unexpected places. Revolving around female figures and two different matriarchal structures, Black Sun and La Libertad explore new forms of resilience while quietly subverting our ideas of freedom and independence.

Black Sun

Laura Huertas Millán Colombia, 2016

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Ethnographic Fictions:
Spotlight on Laura
Huertas Millán

The work of Colombian-French artist Laura Huertas Millán moves gently across disciplines, defying categorization. We’re proud to present two of her self-termed “ethnographic fictions,” starting with Black Sun, a mysterious and immersive inquiry into despair, family bonds and female resilience.

La Libertad

Laura Huertas Millán Colombia, 2017

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Ethnographic Fictions:
Spotlight on Laura
Huertas Millán

Produced at Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab (Leviathan, Manakamana), the second film in our focus on Huertas Millán dives into a matriarchal universe and knits a rich portrait of female independence. Through the exploration of an ancestral craft, La Libertad quietly challenges our idea of freedom.

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