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Scribe Video Center Producers’ Forum

Lordville

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Tuesday 9/9
7:00 pm
$10 General Public
$7 Students & Seniors
$5 Members of IHP or Scribe

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dir. Rea Tajiri, USA, 2014, 67 min.

Director Rea Tajiri in attendance

Lordville is an experiential, sense-driven film - a reading of land­scape and culture through the lens of historiography. In this hybrid documentary, director Rea Tajiri asks “what does it mean to own the land?” Particularly in Lordville - a small now-fading American town founded in the 1800s on a complex and problematic exchange between Native American and settler communities. Privileging the landscape itself over human testimony, the film precariously bal­ances between resident accounts of histories and depictions of the literal forces of nature. The resulting film introduces the presence of historical ghosts that wander between the underwater world of the Delaware and a memorable cast of characters from the past and present. Rivers move. People disappear. In the process we are reminded how complicated ownership is, how slender the threads of known history can be and how ephemeral is the land.

Rea Tajiri is a film­maker, visual artist, and educator whose groundbreaking and award-winning films have screened at venues and film fes­tivals throughout the world. Her personal essay film History and Memory (1991) premiered at the Whitney Biennial and won the Dis­tinguished Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association. Strawberry Fields, Tajiri’s debut dramatic feature film received funding from ITVS and had its European premiere at the 54th Venice Film Festival. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Film Media Arts and Theatre Department at Temple University.


Scribe’s Producers’ Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.