Dani Gal. Hegemon

22 Feb 2017

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Berlin, Germany

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Spike is pleased to invite you to the Berlin premiere of HEGEMON (2017), a documentary by Dani Gal.


Eleven American foreign policy experts from think tanks, military offices and the CIA describe their perspectives on US foreign policy. These conversations – which revolve around such issues as Islam, the military industrial complex, American wars, cybersecurity and the notion of freedom – provide a soundtrack for scenes from an entire day in Washington D.C.

The camera's gaze over the city is mundane and banal. Monuments, nature and people are given the same focus. This manner of filming the city provides an alternative to the iconic imperialistic cinematic representation of the American capital.

By juxtaposing these images with oppositional voices of strategy makers – from those who promote certain agendas to the US government to others who harshly criticize it – the audience can take a distanced and critical view of America as a dominant hegemony or as an empire in decline.

Electromagnetic fields in the city were recorded during filming as sound and then mixed with the general ambiance of the scenes. These sounds, which can only be heard using a special device, serve as a metaphor for the hidden forces that create what is called American power.

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