Film Screening: A Fire and Unearthing Disaster I
Friday 29 July, 19:00 to 20:30
Angela Anderson and Angela MelitopoulosUnearthing Disaster I (film still)2013HD, stereo, double channel video, 36 minutes, German, Italian, English and Greek with English subtitlesCourtesy of the artists
Screening of A Fire (1961, dir. Ebrahim Golestan) and Unearthing Disaster I (2013, dir. Angela Anderson and Angela Melitopoulos), with an introduction by Angela Anderson, Angela Melitopoulos, and Ashkan Sepahvand, editor of the publications series Elements for a World: Fire, Stone, Wood, Sky, Water.
Unearthing Disaster I, 2013
Dir. Angela Anderson and Angela Melitopoulos
HD, stereo, double channel video, 36 minutes, German, Italian, English and Greek with English subtitles
In the region of Halkidiki in northeastern Greece, the Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold is constructing a massive open pit gold mine in the heart of the Skouries forest in the Kastelli-Kakavos mountains. Unearthing Disaster I accompanies local anti-mining activists on a journey through their once-familiar landscape, transformed in a matter of days by the anti-productive forces of capitalism into something they no longer recognize. Through the course of this journey, the scale of the imminent disaster unfolds through stories about millions of trees cut, about the clean water which is disappearing from the mountain, the sell-out of the region by local politicians, the violent repression of the social movement formed to prevent the destruction of the natural environment by the police and private security, and encounters with workers who violently defend the short-sighted nature of their employment.
A Fire (Yek Atash), 1961
Dir. Ebrahim Golestan
Documentary, 24 minutes, English and Persian
A short documentary about a massive oil fire and the attempts over several weeks to put it out by various means. The film also shows how the lives of villagers and farmers nearby are affected.