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ROTTERDAM: PAUL SHARITS BY FRANCOIS MIRON

By Tara Judah

I feel as though I’ve been waiting to see this documentary most of my life. So many documentaries rely on talking heads interviews for content and so much of what those talking heads say is speculative; often anecdotal, rarely insightful. Especially when it comes to talking about someone significant. The focus is too often set on tired stereotypes: the tortured genius or the misunderstood giant. Here, however, what we finally see is the intelligent and artful presentation of an intelligent artist and his body of work.

On the Way to India Consciousness, I Reached China, Henry Forcia, 1968 (Frame scanned from 16mm print of On the Way to India Consciousness, I Reached China (Henry Francia, 1968). Courtesy of the filmmaker's estate, the Film Development Council of the Philippines / National Film Archives of the Philippines, NYU-MIAP, and BB Optics)
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9th ORPHAN FILM SYMPOSIUM: THE FUTURE OF OBSOLESCENCE (ENG)

By Julian Ross

Now in its 9th edition since 1999, the Orphan Film Symposium has been a biannual gathering of archivists, academics and artists under the auspices of NYU’s Dan Streible for the purposes to share and discuss projects related to “orphan films”. Rather than the legal definition of “orphan films” as films without a copyright holder, the symposium opts for an inclusive categorisation that encompasses a range of works that are neglected to varying degrees.