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„Further from Poland, closer to…?” (Polska) historia jako „work-in-progress”
“Further from Poland, Closer to…?” (Polish) History as a Work-In-Progress

Author(s): Natasza Korczarowska-Różycka
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Jill Godmilow;found footage;Solidarity (Solidarność);

Summary/Abstract: The subject of the article is the film by Jill Godmilow “Far From Poland” analyzed in the context of the hybrid “essay film” form. Godmilow’s film has been used here as a case study for the reflection on the function of found footage method and its relation to the historical discourse. Michael Zryd, in his inspirational article Found Footage Film as Discursive Metahistory, writes: “The found footage artist critically investigates the history behind the image, discursively embedded within its history of production, circulation, and consumption”. Godmilow’s essay can serve as a paradigmatic example of Zryd’s thesis. Although “Far From Poland” appeals to concrete “historical facts”, it is not a commentary on Solidarity movement in the early 1980s, but a subjective notebook and a self-portrait of the film-maker.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 104
  • Page Range: 123-133
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish