Witness: Palestine / Pasolini’s Last Words

Run Time: 90 min. | United States | Language: English

With Barbara Hammer and Cathy Lee Crane.


Houston Cinema Arts Festival and Aurora Picture Show present a night of Pasolini-inspired films by two accomplished filmmakers, Cathy Lee Crane and Barbara Hammer, both in attendance.

The evening starts off with Cathy Lee Crane’s sixty-minute documentary Pasolini’s Last Words. Known as one of Italy’s most important filmmakers, Pier Paolo Pasolini was first and foremost, one of its poets. Combining staged and archival material, this elegiac essay considers Pasolini’s brutal murder in 1975 alongside the texts he published or left unfinished during his last year.

Following the documentary, renowned avant-garde filmmaker and pioneer of queer cinema, Barbara Hammer presents a live cinema performance. In Witness: Palestine Hammer layers film practice, politics, and performance. Moved by the stories of men and women she met while on the first LGBTIQ Solidarity Tour of Palestine in January 2012, Hammer sought to find a way to share their voices in a manner that would underline the humanity and vulnerability of her subjects. Upon seeing Intellettuale (1975) by Fabio Mauri, who projected Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) onto Pasolini himself, she found the answer.

In this performance, Hammer assembles a group of twelve volunteers from the audience, each of whom dons a large white T-shirt. Thus attired, these participants become the three-dimensional screens, onto which Hammer projects films of Palestinians telling their stories: a man tells of losing his village when he was six, a sister speaks about her brother killed by a rubber bullet, a farmer says he cannot travel to his land to plant – the stories of suffering, hardship, and loss are spoken one by one.

Co-presenting partner: Aurora Picture Show.

Part of “Cinema on the Verge,” which highlights the most adventurous film and installation work by experimental media artists.

Category: Film with Live Performance
Nov. 08, 2013
7:00 PM
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