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Defining Identity:

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Identity is not an unambiguous given to everybody. Revolutions and religion, emigration, Diaspora and rigorous social revolutions demand a reconsideration of national and cultural identity.

ALL RESTRICTIONS END, THE POLITICS OF CLOTHES – REZA HAERI
(Iran 2009, video, 35:00 min.)
An experimental documentary about recent Iranian history on the basis of the evolution of clothing and fashion. In All Restrictions End, Haeri combines archival material and Iranian painting from several eras with savoury harem photographs and images from the Islamic Revolution.

ANTHEM (HOW DO YOU COMPOSE A NATIONAL ANTHEM TODAY?) – IRINA BOTEA
(Rumania 2009, video, 10:00 min.)
How do you compose a national anthem today ? How do we relate to the concepts of ‘nation’, ‘people’ and ‘identity’. Irina Botea asked composers, poets and ordinary Rumanians how they
would go about making a national anthem. Out of the answers she constructed a poem and asked composer Catalin Cretu to write the accompanying music

JEWISH REVENGE – AMIT EPSTEIN
(Germany 2010, video, 46:44 min.)
Jewish Revenge is the third and most important part of the Stockholm Syndrome, a trilogy about the return of Jews to Europe. Many young Israelis feel connected with a home country in which they were not born and are very conscious about the role the victim-offender relation plays in the origins of ‘Israelism’ and their attitude towards Europe. And although this theme harbours all ingredients for a very ponderous film, the contrary is the case. In a – sometimes brazen – manner, Epstein mixes 1980s disco hits, nazi architecture and sing & dance intermezzos to form a highly amusing film.


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