From Suriname, A Film in Thirteen Shots
By Ben Russell
Presented by Giles Fielke

"Let Each One Go Where He May" by Ben Russell

“Let Each One Go Where He May” by Ben Russell

Thursday, October 17th at 7:00pm, $7-10

A one-off screening of Ben Russell’s 2009 epic, Let Each One Go Where He May, introduced by arts researcher Giles Fielke, who will discuss the strategies and visions induced in the film by invoking turn of the 20th century German astro-art-historian Aby Warburg. Warburg’s idiosyncratic atlas of images, dedicated to Mnemosyne herself, opened the door to emotional formulations of the image as an agent of cultural survivals, and suggested ways to encounter these icons from the gaps between their information. Russell’s film seems to be in secret agreement, but what would that mean?

Program Details:
Let Each One Go Where He May (2009), 16mm, colour, sound, 135′”

Let Each One Go Where He May is the stunning feature debut of celebrated Chicago-based filmmaker Ben Russell. Having its world premiere in Toronto, the film traces the extensive journey of two unidentified brothers who venture from the outskirts of Paramaribo, Suriname, on land and through rapids, past a Maroon village on the Upper Suriname River, tracing the voyage undertaken by their ancestors, who escaped from slavery at the hands of the Dutch 300 years prior. Shot almost entirely with a 16mm Steadicam rig in thirteen extended tracking shots, this cartographic portrayal of contemporary Saramaccan culture is a rigorous and exquisite work that partakes in and dismantles traditional ethnography, inviting anachronism and myth-making to participate in the film’s daring conflation of history.” – Andréa Picard, TIFF

Giles Fielke is a writer and researcher from Melbourne, Australia. He is attempting to write a history of the constantly failing visual grammars of modern memory theatres and idio-text.

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