The path of paradox - film
How do we walk when we don't see where we are? What we are?
The film depicts The Path of Paradox with its immanent Sisyphean distress and hope; The push and pull of the psyche, from confusion to aspiration and back.
The film is based on the poem I wrote The path of paradox: the contemporary emergence of the human mouse.
My urge to write the poem was born out of witnessing the world migration phenomenon:
The starting point was the Hebrew word Mehila : Mehila means a tunnel, a burrow, and also an absolution, a pardon. I wanted to explore this statement: “A tunnel is an absolution. An absolution is a tunnel” .
In the poem, the reader is being taken to the subconscious, to the tunnels.
The film was shot in the bunkers in the vicinity of Amsterdam, the tunnels of Pampus Island, and the sea. I chose these locations due to their historical importance: Some of them were built as part of the Dutch defense, others were built by the Nazis as part of The Atlantic Wall. The locations are a metaphor to the Human Condition entangled in distress.
The idea of ‘not seeing’ is translated outdoors to high degrees of light exposure, almost dissolving life into whiteness. The sea not only hints to the world migration crisis, but also represents the sub-consciousness, and it alludes to my poem Pasolini’s Desert where the desert symbolizes the sub-consciousness.
The concept of ‘Whiteness’ as a lack of sight, was already explored in my solo Episode Latte, inspired by José Saramago’s book ‘Blindness’ (1997).
The desert is a recurring theme in my works. Both in the poem Pasolini’s Desert and in this film, I am alluding to the concept of the desert, as a cry of consciousness, in Pasolini’s film Teorema.
Length: 30 min. sound.
Directing, performance, co-editing: Dorit Weintal
Cinematography and editing: Roman Zotter
Performance: Maria Mavridou, Dorit Weintal
Composition: Simone Giacomini
Thanks to: Forteiland Pampus
Produced by: Faido company
Supported by: AFK as part of trust trajectory