Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Forgotten Space

The Forgotten Space

Saturday, October 8, 2011 | 7:30 pm

Los Angeles Premiere
2010/color/112 min./digital Scr/dir: Allan Sekula & Noël Burch.


This new essay film by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch looks at everyday people whose role in the global economy goes largely undocumented: displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, tent city occupants in Ontario, California, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuffling between Asia and Europe, factory workers and Filipino maids in China. Drawing from interviews, archival materials and footage from films such as Josef von Sternberg’s The Salvation Hunters, The Forgotten Space offers a lucid and lyrical portrait of worker’s conditions, the inhuman scale of sea trade, the imbalance of international trade and the secret lives of port cities. Sekula and Burch closely track the seemingly minor details obscured by the pervasive illusion of an interconnected, “flat” world economy. The film intermingles Sekula’s incisive commentary with astounding vistas of industry—from cavernous factory floors to crowded cityscapes—and intimate first-person testimonies.

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There's no way in hell I'm missing this.

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