We live in a time when experience through the moving image is essential, although we know the precariousness of film representation and its limitations. Cinema orders our memories and establishes a physical referent in time. Memory without time does not exist (Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia). The act of tracing and revealing their memories compels subjects to get in touch with the already forgotten (frustrations) or with what they seek to forget (Malick’s The Tree of Life). The filmmaker’s rethinking history influences memory and its path (Akerman’s No Home Movie). This constant rethinking process produces a new discourse about the past and opens a critical and judicious window on what happened and what has been written in the annals of official history.
The Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies proposes through this film series to see, to discuss, and to explore these various cinematic memory-scapes, which screen as much as reveal our modes of recollection.
Hudson Moura, programmer
Politics and Public Administration