European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022
European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022

Navigators

by Noah Teichner

(Documentary, France, 2022, 85’, NB, En ST)

Navigators

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.

Noah Teichner
Noah Teichner

Noah Teichner is an American-born filmmaker, artist, and researcher based in Paris, France. His films, performances, and installations make use of a variety of sound and image technologies to look at issues related to both humor and historiography. He holds an MFA from the Paris-Cergy National Graduate School of Art and a PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of Paris 8, where he has taught since 2015. In addition to his practice as an artist and filmmaker, he has presented research at conferences and published articles in English and French on subjects related to the history of comedy, media archaeology, and sound studies. He is a member of the artist-run film lab L’Abominable, where he made first feature-length film Navigators.

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