As part of the 13th Festival Film Dokumenter
The Abraham Ravett Retrospective program is an effort to reflect on the significance of the aesthetics of cinema – the complexity of visual journeys that can be interpreted from so many events and moments, especially from a personal perspective – that leads us to collectively discover something more plural. Although experimental cinema is no longer a new discourse in documentary, Ravett’s works may introduce new challenges to our audience in Yogyakarta.
The filmic discourse is not limited to the simple notion that photography can evoke memories of the past or nostalgia. The combination of mediums used by Ravett translates major events as well as represents his personal journeys – his identity formed around immigrant Jewish lives and the myriad connections through the passage of historical time. The explorations are transcendental and are not limited to the particular re-narrations of Nazi atrocities.
Through experimental documentary practice Ravett makes a strong contribution to the medium, as well as the act of translating experiences of particular family backgrounds. The depictions of impressions and memories, with the reconstruction of truths in the abstract style, are not simply translated as a collage of memory and its formations, but also represents a combination of innovative documentary practice and theory.
Session One: 11 December 2014, 19h
- Everything's For You (1989, 58')
- Half Sister (1985, 22')
- In Memory (1993, 13')
- The March (1999, 25')
- From Prague to Poland (2010, 15')
Session Two: 12 December 2014, 19h
- Lunch With Fela (2005, 59')
- What My Father Would Have seen in Poland (2010, 54')
- A Calming Breeze (1984, 17')
- Notes For a Polish Jew (2012, 8')