Screening

Videograms of a Revolution | The fall of communism commemorated 25 years on

25 Nov 2014

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7.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Cost of entry

Free

Romanian Cultural Centre London

London, United Kingdom

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  • Tube: Bond Street

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The Romanian Cultural Centre (RCC)/ Ratiu Family Foundation invite you to the screening of the internationally acclaimed documentary
Videograms of a Revolution (1992)
by Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica

About

25 years have passed since the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, including the last in 1989, Romania. To mark this historical event RCC presents Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica’s documentary ‘Videograms of a Revolution’ (1992), listed by the magazine Les Cahiers du Cinema as one of the top 10 subversive films of all time.

A new media-based form of historiography, this documentary assembles videos of activists and onlookers with official footage of the 1989 Romanian revolution that saw the collapse of Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist regime. Between December 21, 1989 (the day of Ceausescu's last speech) and December 26, 1989 (the first televised summary of his trial), demonstrators occupied the television station in Bucharest and broadcasted continuously for 120 hours, establishing the television studio as a new historical site.
 
More than twenty years from its first release, Videograms of a Revolution is still as relevant now as it was then. As well as looking back on an important political shift in Romania’s recent history, this documentary also invites the viewer to asses the role of media in mobilising and empowering people.
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Andrei Ujica (b. 1951) is a Romanian screenwriter and director. After moving to Germany in 1981in 1990 he started his film career releasing the acclaimed Videograms of a Revolutiontrilogy, including Out of the Present (1996) and Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010).

Harun Farocki (1944 – 2014) directed more than 120 films and installations that originally analyse the powers of the image. In his teaching, his writings as well as his exhibitions conceived and produced with Antje Ehmann, Farocki was a powerful critic, editor, theorist and curator in his own right. Farocki’s impact and influence on culture, within and beyond Germany, is undisputed.

Genre: Documentary, 1992, 107 min


Language: Romanian/ German with English subtitles
Directors: Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica

A reception sponsored by Deli Twist will follow the screening

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