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(mubi.com) With VERS MADRID Sylvain George makes a “newsreel” with the cinematic experiments in mind conducted by the likes of for example Robert Kramer, Jean-Luc Godard during the seventies. A newsreel which presents views, scenes, political moments of class struggle and revolution in Madrid in 2011, 2012, 2013. As a “newsreel experimental”, the film tries to present political and poetical experiments, but also shows new forms of life, implemented by generations which have remained too long in silence. Past and future meet in the present at Place Puerta del Sol, where they are constantly reinvented. —Joana Ribelle

After documenting the inhuman conditions in which tens of Africans refugees live in the streets of Northern France with his two films Les Éclats and Qu’ils reposent en révolte (Best Film in the 2011 edition of Bafici), Sylvain George now goes to Madrid to document and understand the different demonstrations that took over the city streets in early 2011. His approach is almost journalistic, with that objective tone that we know doesn’t really exist –like those newsreels that were screened in theaters back in the Thirties and Forties, or like Jem Cohen recreates them in one of his latest films (Newsreels: Reports from Occupy Wall Street). But two years after the events (and ten years since the Argentine 2001, which shares several common features), it is amazing to witness how that material can turn into something else, even despite of itself. A historical event that allows us to analyze with more information, contextualize, and maybe even understand something about modern societies, and where they are heading to. —BAFICI

Screenshot - 11142013 - 01:14:50 PMSource: http://mubi.com/films/vers-madrid-the-burning-bright

(folkstreamsAt age 71, Chief Thunder lives in the Nevada desert with his young wife and small children in The Monument, a concrete and stone house he built and decorated with powerful forms and arches. His overwhelming sculptures, “spirits of the living,” portray Indian heroes, family, and friends. He created the monument when a voice spoke in a dream, “You are the Big Eagle and the Big Eagle shall return to his nest.” His artistry is the testament of a great American folk artist.The film captures the tragedy of his life, his painful isolation, the beauty of his work, and his creative process. Its highlight is a remarkable sequence in which Chief Thunder sculpts a complete piece on camera. Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder was honored as “The Artist of the Year” by the state of Nevada in 1983.

Film by Allie Light, Irving Saraf
Produced by Allie Light and Irving Saraf
Cinematographer: Philip Greene, Irving Saraf, Robert Shoup, John Winet
Sound: Sound Recordists: Ann Evans, Sara Chin. Sound Mix: Mark Berger
Editing: Allie Light and Irving Saraf
Copyright: Copyright 1983 Allie Light and Irving Saraf
28 minutes, Color
Original format: 16mm, 1983