Thursday, April 22, 2010

Massaker, [Borgmann, Menkes, Slim, Theissen]. 2006.

Interviews with some of the mass murderers. Has to do with the 1975 Lebanese “civil war”—the circumstances and catalysts for this war is not historically clear, but the film does not really go into the political details. Rather, the film is more abstracted.. More psychological, philosophical.

The interviewees recount their experience of the “war” as perpetrators. An exploration of their mindset... The face is blacked out, but the voice and the body is there... The voices merge.. almost becoming one voice.

The viewer is enabled to perceive, by being close to the bodies physically, but not in a natural lighting. It is theatrical: Theatricality, colored lights (yellow, green, red...) The space becomes a stage. At times the interviewee re-enacts a scene... Walls of the room become walls of the houses of victims...

Nietzche quotes:

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”

“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”—Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146

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