16 Nov Discussion Film Club – Listen/ Чуй and General Mood
Discussion Film Club – Listen/Чуй and General Mood – with post screening discussion with the filmmakers
Wednesday 23rd November
A screening of two different approaches of film responses to archival histories of Radio Free Europe, the only radio transmitting from Western to Eastern Europe behind the Iron Curtain.. Post screening Birmingham and Romanian based artist Irena Botea and John Dean and Bulgarian Film maker Diana Ivanova will discuss their approaches and methods.
Directed by Diana Ivanova, documentary, 76 min, eng subtitles
The film tells the personal stories of three women who share in a very emotional manner what Radio Free Europe meant to them and their families.
Directed by Irina Botea, Jon Dean, documentary, 24 min, eng subtitles
The film embodies a performative archive through exploring the process of categorization and anecdotal information gathering that constitutes much of the Radio Free Europe archive. Filmed on location in Budapest, fragments of original text create a fractured narrative of meta-archival sources that are materialized through the process of following the trail of Radio Free Europe, an institution sponsored by the CIA until 1971. The category of ‘General Mood’ is explored through questioning the structure and content of research methodologies designed to create ‘national pictures’.