Lacan Palestine

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Lacan Palestine

Mike Hoolboom
Kanada, 2012
Documentaries, 70min, OF

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Lacan Palestine

Mike Hoolboom
Kanada, 2012
Documentaries, 70min, OF

Cast: 
Mit
Mike Cartmell
Screenplay: 
Mike Hoolboom
Sound: 
Mike Hoolboom
Camera: 
Mike Hoolboom
Editor: 
Mike Hoolboom
Composer: 
Machinefabriek

Production: 
Mike Hoolboom
World Sales: 
Mike Hoolboom
Format: 
HDCam
Color and Black/White

The foundation of Palestine has a long and difficult history, characterized by a continuing battle for the right to exist. In this cinematographic essay, entirely composed of found-footage material, the history of a land without land is sketched, with its painful relationship with its neighbour Israel. Epic scenes from features, iconic news footage of historic moments, the ever-changing map of Israel, video art by Velcrow Ripper, Elle Flanders and Dani Leventhal, but also very personal recordings of everyday survival, are linked together by the psychoanalytic reflections of filmmaker Mike Cartmell, based on his own painful personal history. From his background as an adopted child, he wonders when you become someone, and how society can emerge from individuals; he compares the functioning of a complex society with that of John Coltrane’s jazz combo, in which even five super-egos managed to achieve harmony. In Mike Hoolboom’s view of Palestine, love and violence exist side-byside, as a matter of course. (Gertjan Zuilhof )