VIDEOGRAMS OF A REVOLUTION
Director Andrei Ujică, Harun Farocki
Screenplay Andrei Ujică, Harun Farocki
1992 | Romania | Approx. 106 min. | In Romanian, with English subtitles
(1992, Andrei Ujică and Harun Farocki) Using amateur video, and footage from both the state film industry and demonstrator-controlled Bucharest TV, a vivid record of the ’89 uprising, showing how technology not only records but fosters change. Videograms of a Revolution was recently the opening night event of Film Forum’s 2-week retrospective The Romanians: 30 Years of Cinema Revolution, a co-presentation of the Bucharest-based Making Waves festival.
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“We get all of the broadcast glitches, unedited feeds, powergrabbing chaos, and epochal please-stand-by ellipses; as civilians defend the TV station with combat rifles, unidentified counter-revolutionary snipers hole up in massive and empty high-rise buildings the dictator had built and then abandoned. The sense of exhilarating liberation and history made as we watch is consistently leavened by the weird distance, between citizens and their own revolt, occupied by TV cameras and monitors. By the end of the week, and the Ceausescus’ executions, nothing is real – or historical – until it is seen on television.”
– Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice