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6th DMZ Docs(2014)

I AM DOCU



Der Weisse Engel

Naeem MOHAIEMEN

  • Bangladesh, USA
  • 2014
  • 8min
  • HD
  • color/black and white

Synopsis

This film takes a sequence from John Schlesinger’s Marathon Man and creatively reimagines it. The moment takes place towards the latter half of Marathon Man in which Szell, who in the past was the primary torture doctor of the Jews in the internment camp, is recognized by the surviving lover of a victim while passing a diamond store, and is being chased. The lover screams to the surrounding crowd that Szell is the infamous torturer, “White Angel” and implores them to catch him. The crowd reacts but Szell is able to catch a cab and smoothly escape the chaotic scene.The director fragments the sequence of events with intermittent blackout screens.

Letters replace the actor lines on screens devoid of images. As the film progresses images disappear and letters start to replace the entire screen. As the continuous images scatter into tiny pieces, they vacillate between existence and non-existence as if they were forgotten remnants of a memory or stray shrapnel. This attempt takes a fiction into a different direction that creates new memories. (KIM Sung-Wook)​

Review

Director

  • Naeem MOHAIEMEN

    Naeem Mohaiemen used essays, films, photography, and mixed media to explore histories of the global left, borders, war, and belonging. This summer Kunsthalle Basel presented a survey show of his work Prisoners of Shothik Itihash (Correct History). Since 2006, he has worked on The Young Man Was, a history of the revolutionary ultra-left, chapters of which are currently on view at Experimenter, Kolkata. The project has received a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship. Naeem’s themes have been described as “not yet disillusioned fully with the capacity of human society” (Vijay Prashad, Take on Art). He is also a Ph.D. student in Historical Anthropology at Columbia University. Rankin Street, 1953 (2014) Der Weisse Engel (2014) Afsan's Long Day (The Young Man Was, Part 2) (2014)​ 

Credit

    Contact

    Contact  Naeem MOHAIEMEN

    Email  naeem.mohaiemen@gmail.com​