Puglee

Teen Kanya (“Three Daughters”), by Satyajit Ray, 1961. 
Inspired by three short stories written by Rabindranath Tagore. This scene is from the last story, titled as Samapti, literally meaning “The Conclusion”.

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Zemlya

Zemlya (“Earth”) by Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1930.

In 1932 and 1933, six and possibly up to 20 million people in the Soviet Ukraine and Moldavia died from starvation due to Josef Stalin’s efforts to crush Ukrainian nationalism and to implement his prescription of “change” in the former Soviet Union when the Communist regime nationalized the food industry and forced all farms into collectives. The Holdomor as it is known in the Ukraine, or “Hunger Plague”, was effectively a terror weapon used by those in power to force submission to new policies the regime instituted to control all aspects of Sovite life. The nationalization of all farms in the Soviet Union into collectives became the tool Stalin used to eradicate opposition and threat to the communist regime.

Meditation on violence

 

 

“Meditation on Violence” (1948), 16mm, 13’, by Maya Deren – with Chao-Li Chi.

 The shadows on the white wall behind the performer amplify the movement of the Wu Tang ritual. Deren experiments with film time, reversing the film part way through producing a loop. Exhibited forwards and then backwards, the difference in the Wu Tang movements is almost imperceptible.