Screening of What Farocki Taught and Conversation with Filmmaker Jill Godmilow
Where: Interference Archive
314 7th St., Park Slope
Price: Free, donations welcome
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Interference is thrilled to bring in acclaimed filmmaker Jill Godmilow for a screening of her 1998 short What Farocki Taught, followed by an open discussion about agitprop film and its evolution throughout her career. This will be a treat for anyone who creates or consumes political media. Her feature film Far from Poland will also be screened at Interference Archive on Tuesday Sept 11.
What Farocki Taught is a remake of German political filmmaker Harun Farocki’s astute 1969 agitprop film Inextinguishable Fire. Produced in Germany at the height of the Vietnam War, Farocki attempted to make the incomprehensible visible: the physical properties of Napalm B, designed to burn at 3,000 degrees F and stick to human skin. The film demonstrates the systematic impossibility of resistance to its production by Dow Chemical Corp employees and the inevitability of its use by the U.S. in Vietnam. Because Farocki’s Inextinguishable Fire was never distributed in the U.S. and remains mostly unavailable to American audiences, Godmilow’s What Farocki Taught is a kind of film re-distribution, to see if the radical potential of the documentary project can be revived.
This event is part of the exhibition Agitate! Educate! Organize! Agit Prop into the 21st Century, which is a project sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).Buy tickets/get more info now