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Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen

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Published on Mar 23, 2012

"Scarcely 20 years was enough to make 2 billion people define themselves as 'underdeveloped'."

Noticed this wasn't on here in full and felt it probably ought to be! An amazing little documentary, though the [ahem!] 'interesting' approach to editing can detract from it a bit!

From wiki:

Reassemblage is Trinh T. Minha's first film. It was filmed in Senegal and released in 1982. This film was part of a three year work on ethnographic field research in West Africa through the Research Expedition Program of the University of California, Berkeley. In Reassemblage Trinh explains that she intends "not to speak about/Just speak near by," unlike more conventional ethnographic documentary film. The film is a montage of fleeting images from Senegal and includes no narration, although there are occasional statements by Trinh T. Minh-ha. None of the statements given by her assign meaning to the scenes. There is music, silence, sometimes Trinh views a movie, refusing to make the film "about" a "culture". It points to the viewers expectation and the need for the assignment of meaning. The audience is left with a sense of disorientation

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