True Fake

Part Five | Faux Documentary and Complex Reality

Can faux documentaries become a form of resistance to alternative facts claiming to be truth? How does the power of the false become political? Can fiction, posing as fact, pull the audience out from the depths of informational echo chambers? Featuring Peter WatkinsThe War Game (1966), Eric Baudelaire’s The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years without Images (2011), Walid Raad’s The Dead Weight of a Quarrel Hangs (1999), and Omer Fast’s 5000 Feet is the Best (2011), this last part of the series examines the potentials of the production of faux stories to expose hidden or censored truths as counter-arguments to the dominant regime of truth.

This last part of True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films will also include the online discussion “Staying with the Troubled Real: Before and After Post-Truth,” with Eric Baudelaire, David Blandy, Sara Magenheimer, Alison Nguyen, and Tess Takahashi, moderated by Lukas Brasiskis, live on Thursday, April 15 at 1pm EST.

True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films is a five-part film series programmed by Lukas Brasiskis. It runs from February 9 through April 20, 2021.

The films in Part Five | Faux Documentary and Complex Reality will screen for two weeks, from Tuesday, April 6 through Monday, April 19, 2021. A repeat screening of all films in the series from parts one through five will take place on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. 

Category
Film, War & Conflict
Subject
Documentary, Video Art, History, Historicity & Historiography, Fiction
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Lukas Brasiskis is an associate curator of video and film for e-flux. He is currently a PhD candidate at New York University in the Department of Cinema Studies and an adjunct lecturer at NYU and CUNY/Brooklyn College.

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