Past as Process: Redrawing the Past
Films that depict intimate encounters with family – both those we are born into and those we create out of close relationships along the way – and how they can rewrite empowering versions of our past, present, and future selves.
Roan (2019) Dir. Thuy Trang Nguyen
Germany. 12 minutes.
In Vietnamese with English subtitles.
In a warm high-rise apartment in Berlin-Reinickendorf, an elderly Vietnamese grandmother and her granddaughter share intimate moments and a delightful tenderness. The short documentary shows through soft details what has been passed on to the German generation and what has been left behind. An enchanting reminder of how heritage is preserved in the humans whom we hold dear.
Return to GO! (Zurück auf LOS!) (2000) Dir. Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss
Germany. 95 minutes.
In German with English subtitles.
The 360-tracking shot winding down to a grey intersection shows the approach to time and storytelling in this queer musical. Unlike the one-way street in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg aspiring singer and perpetual party boy Sam lives, time moves in all directions in this tragic comedy. A positive HIV diagnosis makes the past ever present, and the family of friends Sam creates in post-unification Germany prioritizes living in the present tense against all odds.
This film contains coarse language.