The Disappeared + Uppland
Location la: Bartos Screening Room
With Gilad Baram, Adam Kaplan, and Edward Lawrenson in person
The Disappeared. Dirs. Gilad Baram, Adam Kaplan. Germany/Israel. 2018, 46 mins. In Hebrew with English subtitles. In 2000, the Israeli Army endeavored to produce a mainstream action movie, with a million dollar budget, cast of Israeli film stars, and hundreds of extras, all in an effort to address the rising number of soldier suicides. But soon after its completion, the film—meant to be called “The Disappeared”—itself disappeared, blocked by government censors just weeks before its scheduled release. Using audio interviews with key members of the cast and crew and servicemembers, audio clips from the film, and an ambitious soundscape, artists Gilad Baram and Adam Kaplan construct a work of nonfiction in which the visual element has been effectively removed—an evocative representation of a film that cannot be seen. North American premiere.
Preceded by: Uppland (Dir. Edward Lawrenson. 2018, 29 mins.) An architect (Killian Doherty) and filmmaker from Europe visit Yekepa, a town in the remote highlands of Liberia, once a thriving mining community, now decaying and desolate: a concrete ruin in the West African bush. Exploring Yekepa, they discover promises of prosperity and forgotten injustices. Exploring Yekepa, they discover promises of prosperity and forgotten injustices. Edward Lawrenson (Abandoned Goods, First Look 2016) returns with a film that explores the remnants of colonialism within architecture, as well as within his own documentary impulse and project. The result is a sharp, rigorous, reflective work. North American premiere.
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The Disappeared is presented with support from UnionDocs.