(Documentary, France, 2022, 85’, NB, En ST)
by Noah Teichner
December 1919. The American government deports 249 anarchists and radicals on the “Soviet Ark”. Five years later, this same ship becomes the decor of Buster Keaton’s slapstick comedy The Navigator.
All while fostering an emotional involvement in the plight of the deportees, I make use of footnotes, commentary, and visual bibliographies to provide the spectator with the means of identifying, quite literally, the sources of that emotion. Rather than hiding behind the veil of a rhetorical impartiality, the film promotes a form of historical literacy that engages with the ways that history can be constructed into an emotional, intellectual, and aesthetic experience.
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