If you were one of the millions worldwide who watched the Egyption revolution unfold live on Al Jazeera, I would advise you to have a look at Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica’s Videogramme einer Revolution (1992), which reconstructs the downfall of Romanian leader Nicolae Ceaucescu in 1989.

Just as much a detached dictator as Hosni Mubarak, Ceaucesu also got overthrown by a popular uprisinig which epicentered on a big central square. Ceaucescu’s fate was far more gruesome as he got excecuted on Christmas eve after an hour long mock trial.

Farocki and Ujica constructed their account out of independent and state video sources. a technique that reminded me of Thomas Heisse’s similar reconstruction of the German Wende Material (2009) - my personal favorite at the FID Marseille 2009 and also winner of the Grand Prix of the International Competition. Co-director Ujica returned to the subject in last years Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu, which ranked among the twelve best films of 2010 in a poll conducted by Sight and Sound.



Geplaatst door Veinzen op vrijdag 18 februari 2011, 16:24.

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