ICO Essentials: Protest

Dir: Various


1930 - 1989

82 mins


Essentials: Protest gathers together subversive and radical documentaries on global politics and war from Cuba to Vietnam.

The programme presents iconic cine-pamphlets, cine-manifestos and film-essays that mobilised the social energies of discontent, crisis and struggle that convulsed the 20th century. Drawing upon aesthetic traditions of negation, critique and provocation, these artists use the political forms of montage, collage and appropriation to produce radical interventions. Including: Jean Vigo, Harun Farocki, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Santiago Alvarez and Jorge Furtado.

Programme curated by The Otolith Group, Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar.

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Histoire Du Soldat Inconnu / History of the Unknown Soldier

Henri Storck | Belgium | 1932 | 10min

Banned by the French government, pioneering documentarist Henri Storks’ Histoire Du Soldat Inconnu is an anti-imperialist collage and a classic indicment of war.

À Propos De Nice

Jean Vigo | France | 1930 | 20min

À Propos De Nice, Vigo’s first film is a city symphony and attack on the inequities of leisure.

79 Primaveras / 79 Springtimes

Santiago Alvarez | Cuba | 1969 | 26min

79 Primaveras is an impassioned tribute to Ho Chi Minh, the revered leader of the Viet Min independence movement.

Die Worte Des Vorsitzenden / The Words of the Chairman

Harun Farocki | Germany | 1967 | 3min

The Words of the Chairman is a cine-pamphlet that stages a Maoist formula typical of the ’68 era: “words can become weapons.”

Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg [...]

Jean Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet | Germany | 1973 | 12min

Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Score was commissioned by West Germany’s Süd-West-Funk television station as one of a series of short films on composers.

Ilha Das Flores / Isle of Flowers

Jorge Furtado | Brazil | 1989 | 12min

Isle of Flowers uses animation, archival footage and parody to indict the distribution of wealth and food around the world.

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