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The Forgotten Space

Allan Sekula, Noël Burch
Screening time  
03.03. / Četvrtak, 21:00 - 23:00 Dvorana 1  
03.03. / Četvrtak, 21:00 - 23:00 Dvorana 3  
The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes. But perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster is the global supply chain, which perhaps in a more fundamental way than financial speculation leads the world economy to the abyss.

The film follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. In Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.

Allan Sekula

Since the early 1970s Allan Sekula’s works with photographic sequences, written texts, slide shows and sound recordings have traveled a path close to cinema, sometimes referring to specific films, sometimes operating like a ‘disassembled movie’. In 2001 Sekula made the first work he was willing to call a film.

Noël Burch

Born in the USA (San Francisco, 1932), Noël Burch has been living in France since 1951. He graduated from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques in 1954. While primarily known for his theoretical writings, such as ‘Theory of Film Practice’ (1973), and ‘To the Distant Observer: Form and Meaning in Japanese Cinema’ (1979), he has always positioned himself as a filmmaker and has directed over twenty titles, mostly documentaries.

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The Forgotten Space

Netherlands, Austria
2010, 112', color, video

Directed by:
Allan Sekula, Noël Burch

Screenplay by:
Allan Sekula, Noël Burch

Attila Boa

Edited by:
Menno Boerema

Riccardo Tesi, Louis Andriessen

Joost Verhey, Frank van Reemst, Ebba Sinzinger, Vincent Lucassen

Produced by:
Doc.Eye Film, WILDart FILM