8 Jul, 21:45

Teatro Municipal, Sala Dois
Sessão de cinema Ben Russell/Ben Rivers
YES, WE ARE MAGICIANS

LET US PERSEVERE IN WHAT WE HAVE RESOLVED BEFORE WE FORGET
Ben Russell · França/EUA · 2013 · DOC/EXP · 20’

"We are happy. (Silence.) What do we do now, now that we are happy?" - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot "John Frum prophesied the occurrence of a cataclysm in which Tanna would become flat, the volcanic mountains would fall and fill the river-beds to form fertile plains, and Tanna would be joined to the neighbouring islands of Eromanga and Aneityum to form a new island. Then John Frum would reveal himself, bringing in a reign of bliss, the natives would get back their youth and there would be no sickness; there would be no need to care for gardens, trees or pigs. The Whites would go; John Frum would set up schools to replace mission schools, and would pay chiefs and teachers." - Peter Worsley, The Trumpet Shall Sound: a study of cargo cults in Melanesia

SACK BARROW
Ben Rivers · Reino Unido · 2011 · EXP · 21’

“Sack Barrow” explores a small family run factory in the outskirts of London. It was set up in 1931 to provide work for limbless and disabled ex-servicemen until the factory finally went into liquidation this year. The film observes the environment and daily routines of the final month of the six workers. Years of miniature chemical and mineral processes transform the space into another world. Towards the end an extract of The Green Child by Herbert Read describes the descent into a watery cave world.

ATLANTIS
Ben Russell · Malta/EUA · 2014 · EXP · 24’

"We Utopians are happy / This will last forever" Loosely framed by Plato's invocation of the lost continent of Atlantis in 360 BC and its re-re-resurrection via a 1970s science fiction pulp novel, Ben Russell presents a documentary portrait of Utopia - that relative paradise, an island called Nowhere which has never / forever existed beneath our feet. Herein is folk song and pagan rite, reflected temple and Templar Knight, the lonely body of Man disappearing into the glimmering sea. Even with our mouths full of sea-water, we persist - happy and content.

THE CREATION AS WE SAW IT
Ben Rivers · Reino Unido · 2012 · EXP · 14’

Three mythical stories from the island nation of Vanuatu, South Pacific, concerning the origin of humans, why pigs walk on all fours, and why a volcano sits where it does.

11 Jul, 15:00

Teatro Municipal, Sala Dois
Debate and Films
BEN ON BEN


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