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8th DMZ Docs(2016)

I AM DOCU



Symbolic Threats

트레일러 재생

Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke, Matthias Wermke

  • Germany
  • 2015
  • 17min
  • DCP
  • color

Korean Premiere

Synopsis

An act of surrender or perhaps art? These were the theories that New York puzzled over last summer. Inspired by the heated debate over the two ‘White American Flags’ that suddenly appeared on the towers of New York City’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the film asks what kind of societal scope art has in the present day. How can one incident be interpreted in so many ways?

By means of press reports, Symbolic Threats allows the public at large to express their extreme disparity of interpretation.

Review

In summer of 2014, a white flag, a symbol of surrender, is hung on the Brooklyn Bridge of New York, the heart of America, instead of the American flag. While every media in U.S. was alert to that unprecedented issue with articles titled with ‘Brooklyn Surrender’, the city and the nation were in panic fearing unknown enemy’s attack and denouncing poor security system of N.Y.P.D. After one month, the surrender thing was revealed as a performance played by German artists to commemorate ‘beauty of public space’. The film reconstitutes the process of collision between the range of artistic expression and limitation of common idea of society while showing mass media’s speculative reports during the time. What we fear in our life is mostly spread by unverified threats (or nonexistent) reproduced by collective sense. When we resist other values taking as threats, not as understandable ideas, ‘Symbolic Threat’ may drive us out to bigger isolation and rupture. Just like the situation of North and South Korea right now in 2016. [Wook Steven Heo]

Director

  • Mischa Leinkauf

    Eclipse (2015)Statt der 100 Türme (2012)Drifter (2012)Entscheidungen (2011)Keine Zeit (2010)​ 

  • Lutz Henke

    Eclipse (2015)Statt der 100 Türme (2012)Drifter (2012)Entscheidungen (2011)Keine Zeit (2010)​ 

  • Matthias Wermke

    Eclipse (2015)Statt der 100 Türme (2012)Drifter (2012)Entscheidungen (2011)Keine Zeit (2010)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerMischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke, Matthias Wermke
  • Editor Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke, Matthias Wermke
  • Sound Alexander Heinze

Contribution / World Sales

Contribution / World Sales  Wermke/Leinkauf GbR
E-mail  mischaleinkauf@yahoo.de​