Friday, March 12, 2010

Ben Russell: Let Each One Go Where He May

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Ben Russell in-person
[members: $6 / non-members: $10]

After innumerable shorter works, Ben Russell’s debut feature expands the themes of his celebrated Trypps series to remarkable new territories. Let Each One… painstakingly follows two brothers on a journey throughout Suriname, retracing the post-slavery migration of their ancestors across the country. Russell’s compelling configuration of thirteen largely uninterrupted (and beautifully photographed) 16mm sequences allows for an astonishing combination of documentary and narrative filmmaking essentially unparalleled in contemporary American-made cinema. “Like a Rouchian ethno-fiction, the film leads the viewer not only on an extraordinary quest but also into an inquiry on representation and the camera’s transformative powers.” (Andréa Picard, Toronto International Film Festival) (JONATHAN MARLOW)

Ben Russell: Let Each One Go Where He May (2009), 135 min.

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