The media and the internet bring us images of events from all corners of the world - but personal experiences are not connected with them. We are at once interconnected and disconnected. We only have ourselves as starting and end points in this reflection.
A German version of this text can be downloaded as pdf.
Some notes I wrote are downloadable as pdf.
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German Title: Viel lauter kann ich nicht schreien
Genre: Essay Film
Production: AUT 2013
Running Time: 11 min 23 sec
Language: English (alternative German version)
Shooting Format: Stock footage, mixed media
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Sound Mix: Stereo LTRT
by film scholar and critic Drehli Robnik
The title is programmatic – as a red herring. This is not a "film like an outcry", but a texture of motifs not heard, subjectivity expressed in a witty language-game. It deals with/consists of "raw" BBC news images of recent uprisings and disasters, with a commentary in subtitle-like inserts. This ego, this auctorial I, is to be read, not heard, as it reasons and resonates.
Chapter 1 is called I see things differently. It shows street protests, police violence, tear gas: Athens, Arab rebellions, London riots. "I can only speak for myself", the differently-seeing I says without speaking. I hear things differently: chapter 2 opens with ear-splitting gunfire in Lybia, but the I traces the hearing-differently back to Led Zeppelin: a ringing in the ear remains from a 1980 concert. We hear it in the film while the image flow takes us from tinnitus to tsunami (Japan 2011). Cars and boats are carried away. What is their destination? Perhaps the Aral Sea, now a desert with rusty shipwrecks in it. Before, to the sound of rock band Thalija, the film ends there on a biblical note (from anarchy to Ark), it detours into the mundane.
Entitled I have no voice, chapter 3 deals with dubbing, has Obama joking in a dubbed voice and lists all the stars lip-synced by a busy German dubbing actor. Another detour toys with closing (camera-)eyes as they look at images of protests: If I close the right eye, the image has a red hue; if I close the left eye, a green hue. Subjectivity translates into physics, politics, puns: One red image, one green – is that a 3D technology? A color-code? The left eye will see the red flags of Greek protests, the right one will see the Islamic green of Arabellion.
The hue refers to a color-tone as well as to hue and cry. So we return to the voiceless claim of the film's title: Crying is shouting out, but also a mute speech of eyes (especially eyes that see differently or feel like crying over how rebellion leads to theocracy). Crying is also what eyes do when hit by teargas – or squeezed shut for too long. This results in a hue from the eye, from the I to you.
Writer/Director — Robert Cambrinus
Barack Obama (archive footage)
Yousuf Raza Gilani (archive footage)
Morgan Tsvangirai (archive footgae)
Robert Cambrinus (dubbing voices)
Cameraman — Zafeiris Haitidis (Greece)
Offline Editor — Nathan Cubitt
Sound Designer — Kurt Strohmeier
Re-recording Mixer — Alexander Wieser
Online Editor — Peter Gstach (ZONE Media)
Producer — Robert Stokvis
Music by Thalija
Recording & Mix — Robert Zirngast
Special Mention — Go Short International Short Film Festival (Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
Audience Award — VIS Vienna Independent Shorts (Austria)
Silver Bear — Festival of Nations (Lenzing, Austria)
Diagonale (Graz, Austria) — Premiere
dokumentART (Neubrandenburg, Germany/Szczecin, Poland)
Jihlava Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic)
Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival (Brasil)
FENACO Film Festival (Lambayeque, Peru)
Molodist Film Festival (Kiev, Ukraine)
International Festival of Independent Films 2morrow (Moscow, Russia)
Istanbul International Short Film Festival (Turkey)
Karama Human Rights Film Festival (Amman, Jordan)
International Short Film Week Regensburg (Germany)
Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Germany)
Flensburger Kurzfilmtage (Germany)
Short Film Festival Hamburg (Germany)
FiSH Film Festival (Rostock, Germany)
Backup Festival (Weimar, Germany)
Kasseler Dokfest (Germany)
Short Film Festival Winterthur (Switzerland)
LISFE Leiden International Short Film Experience (the Netherlands)
Portobello Film Festival (London, Great Britain)
Nouak Short Film Festival (Nouakchott, Mauritania)
Brno 16 — Art makes us Stronger (Czech Republic)
Espresso Film - Open Air FestivalVienna, Austria
EU XXL Film Forum (Vienna, Austria)
Salotto Kunstsalon (Aspern, Austria)
dotdotdot Open Air Film Festival (Vienna, Austria)
Der Geteilte Himmel (Vienna, Austria) — installation
Shaping Democracy! (Vienna, Austria) — exhibition
Okto TV/Oktoskop (Vienna, Austria) — retrospective