Obzornik 63 – Vlak senc
Newsreel 63 – The Train of Shadows
Two essays unveil their context by addressing the fate reserved for the most deprived. Broadcast as part of a TV series called LA BOURSE ET LA VIE, the film by Raoul Peck strives to provide a few tools that will help understand and get a perspective on the mechanisms and effects of globalization at the turn of the millennium, eleven years after the fall of the Berlin wall. This reflection starts in a precisely defined here and now: Haiti, that is, “a country that doesn’t exist”, as the narrator keeps repeating like a melancholic Aoidos. Actually, Haiti does not exist economically other than as a neglected symptom of the ongoing catastrophe that globalization represents for peoples of the Third World. Building on the question asked by Raoul Peck, “What has cinema been able to do in this history?”, Nika Autor puts the entire history of cinema at the service of comprehending and valuing both shots, filmed by two economic migrants who have found refuge under a train car who, unlike Rilke’s flowers, resist “along the tracks, shuddering as the train roars by.” (Nicole Brenez)
In the presence of Nika Autor.
With: LE PROFIT ET RIEN D’AUTRE! OU RÉFLEXIONS ABUSIVES SUR LA LUTTE DES CLASSES, Belgium/France 2001, Raoul Peck, 52 min