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Filmed over ten years using impressive visual material, Zimmerman’s portrait of ‘Bo’ Gritz (one of America’s highest decorated Vietnam veterans and the alleged real-life inspiration behind Rambo, a contentious public figure who killed 400 people, turned against Washington and moved to the Nevada desert where he now sleeps with many weapons) is an inquiry into the nature of human conscience and the limits of deniability, and embodies contemporary American society in all its dizzying complexity and contradictions.
As American reality fragments even further, as the alt. right of the social media generation meet and merge with older expressions of right wing extremism, in ever growing conflict and complexity, Erase and Forget explores the relationship of these movements within the state and military apparatus over the last 50 years.
This SUPERLUX Masterclass will focus on questions around the circulation of engaged artists’ documentary, the complexity of working with fair use material within film culture and the possibilities and difficulties that arise when choosing to work outside of mainstream funding structures.
A screening of Erase and Forget will be presented at 6pm, Saturday 21 October at CCA, Glasgow, as part of Document Film Festival. Free for SUPERLUX members.
Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s work explores the impact of globalisation, power structures, militarism and denied histories, with works such as Estate, a Reverie (2015), tracking the passing of the Haggerston Estate in East London and the utopian promise of social housing it once offered; and Taskafa, Stories of the Street (2013) on resistance and co-existence told through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul and voiced by John Berger. Erase and Forget (2017) premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Glashutte most original documentary award. Zimmerman is co-founder of the artists’ collective Fugitive Images, and a founding member of Vision Machine. She co- curated Real Estates at PEER, London (2015) with David Roberts (in association with LUX) as a social, discursive and imaginative space around issues of housing and social injustice; her first UK solo exhibition Common Ground was at Spike Island, Bristol (2017).
Ameenah Ayub Allen is a British producer developing several features including the contemporary drama Cycle for Artangel (supported by the BFI). She was short-listed for an Academy Award®, nominated for a British Independent Film Award and has won a National Film Award for her short fiction films and has produced/executive produced documentaries and art installation films. She was heavily involved in realizing Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant (Film4/BFI – BAFTA nominated Outstanding British Film, winner Label Europa – Cannes) and Sarah Gavron’s award-winning Brick Lane based on the best selling novel by Monica Ali (Film4/Sony Pictures Classics). Associate producer/production manager credits include: Electricity starring Agyness Deyn (BFI/Wellcome Trust/Soda Pictures); Clio Barnard’s critically acclaimed debut The Arbor (Artangel/More4/UKFC) and Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing’s Self Made.