Film Lounge Part 2: Crisis & Exodus


A screening event focusing on works which deal with the conspicuous issue of crisis –  particularly the entanglement of  economic crisis and a crisis of democracy – and the possibility of freedom from capitalism as an economy of oppression. Introduced by the curators.


Yorgos Zois, Casus Belli (2010) 11 minutes

The austerity measures that have been breaking down the Greek economy and society since mid-2010, when the country was delivered to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), have generated a formidable crisis-focused visual culture. Described by the press as ‘an ingenious cinematic allegory’, Yorgos Zois’s popular short manages to move and entertain by showing the inviolability of the ‘no man is an island’ principle.


Ernest Larsen and Sherry Millner, Rock the Cradle (2012) 55 minutes

In September 2009 American filmmakers Ernest Larsen and Sherry Millner took part in a demonstration in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. The material they shot during this protest would later provide the core to a video essay setting out to ‘grasp what has been happening in Greece, which, as we see it, amounts to a kind of laboratory or test-case for what global capital is attempting to force upon the world’. (From an interview to Lia Yoka, Kaput 12, 2012). An emotionally engaging and reflective document on the continuity of anarchism and its aspirations, Rock the Cradle offers hope of universal solidarity and a vision of how art can both be in, and about, history.


Marcelo Expósito & Nuria Vila, Tactical Frivolity + Rhythms of Resistance (2007) 39 minutes

Vila, a journalist and activist, and Expósito, an artist, collaborated in the making of a film that, in the words of its makers, ‘literally narrates the journey across Europe of “tactical frivolity” mode of protest, which turned into the “pink line”, one of the three main (front)lines in Prague, which successfully broke the police cordon made to protect the international congress centre’. The filmmakers refer to the Prague of 2000, when thousands of protesters flooded the historic city in opposition to the annual meeting of the IMF and the World Bank. Paying particular attention to excessive femininity as an embodied protest condition, Vila and Expósito’s narrative also draws a connection between contemporary movements and the legacy of feminist revolt as witnessed in the suffragists.