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7 April 2004, SHORT FILMS SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

Ruang Rupa, Tebet, Jakarta
Wednesday, 7 April 2004, 19:00 WIB
Contact: Indra Ameng, T +62 21 8300211


CCF Jakarta, Salemba, Jakarta
Wednesday, 7 April 2004, 20 :00 WIB
Contact: Indra Ameng
T +62 21 8300211


free entry – please be on time


Minikino at Ruang Rupa – Rabu Video Club

Siapakah Saya?

Bukan teka-teki, bukan pula kuis televisi. Diskusi pencarian identitas ini (dihadiri oleh Élaine Frigon dan Danièle Racine dari Quebec lewat web-chat) akan dimulai dengan pemutaran karya video Élaine Frigon (bersama ko-penulis Danièle Racine) dan Tintin Wulia.

September 2003 di Manchester: Tintin dan Élaine bertemu di sebuah festival film pendek. Tintin sedang membuat karya tentang identitas, sebuah tema yang juga menarik perhatian Élaine. Tak lama kemudian mereka bertukar karya, dan sepakat memulai diskusi tentang ini.

Élaine Frigon (Director) and Danièle Racine (Writer) will be present in discussion through online chat at the venues after screening.


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UNCERTAINTIES, RELATIONSHIPS AND FREEDOM
(LIAISONS RELATIVES à X DEGRÉ de LIBERTÉ)

Élaine Frigon, Quebec 2000, 41 menit

Karya video ini menapak tilas jejak yang dibuat oleh karakter utamanya, Si Wanita, dalam mencari cinta. Bermain-main dalam bentuk seperti buku harian yang sangat intim, Si Wanita seolah-olah bermain kejar-kejaran dengan berita-berita politik di televisi tahun sembilanpuluhan. Terciptalah karya yang menghasilkan situasi absurd dan payah dalam misi pencarian si karakter utama.

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WHERE DO YOU ORIGINALLY COME FROM
Tintin Wulia, Indonesia(/UK) 2003, 1 menit

Dokumenter ultra-pendek ini mengajak kita merenungkan kesimpangsiuran dalam penamaan identitas – apakah sebenarnya kita makhluk etnokultural, bagian dari sebuah kelompok politis bernama Negara, ataukah sebenarnya kita individu yang bebas?
Élaine Frigon adalah salah satu subyek dalam karya ini.

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‘Is Politics Emotional? Can We Rationalize Identity?’

From a personal email from Élaine Frigon (video artist, Canada):

“The first time I could vote in my adult life was during the 1980 referendum about partition of Quebec from Canada. I was 18, I was listening to both parties: pro-Canada and pro-Quebec. My family was pro-Canada and my friends were pro-Quebec. The debate was totally emotional even though politicians were talking with rationality. After that referendum, Canada returned to the constitution which was applied in the past, when Canada was still in the hand of mother England. To make a long story shorter, Quebec did not sign the new constitution because they had less rights that in the old one. Then came a long debate about the place of and the special rights of the French speaking people of Quebec.[…]”
“[…] Between 1989 and 1995 there were many political events about the future of Canada. […] After all those years of debate about the place of Quebec in Canada, came the 1995 referendum. This referendum was held in Quebec province only and asked the Quebecers if they wanted to separate from Canada but continue to have some relationship with it anyway. At a certain point, it became evident that a majority of people was going to vote for independence. In the last few days of the debate, thousands of Canadians from other provinces (the same that said that French-Canadian was not a nation) gathered to tell the Quebec people how they loved them. I was amazed to see how the concept of love could be related to a debate about rights of a collectivity. Finally, the score was 49.5% for independence and 50.5% against it. The day after and the years after, nothing changed in the country. Still the same problems to protect the language, still two different history taught in Quebec and Canada … This is just to let you know that strong political debate about nation and cultural identity is part of the Quebec public life. You cannot avoid it, it’s on TV regularly. But how this information is received by people, that is what interest me.[…]”

(edited for intro purposes by Tintin Wulia)

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