Was ist Film - Programm 2
Birth of a Nation (1996) von Jonas Mekas, 16mm, 81 min. Musik: Richard Wagner, Hermann Nitsch; Stimme: Jean Houston aus einem Vortrag über Parsifal.
One hundred and sixty portraits or rather appearances, sketches and glimpses of avantgarde, independent filmmakers and film activists between 1955 and 1996. Why Birth of a Nation? Because the film independents IS a nation in itself. We are surrounded by commercial cinema Nation the same way as the indigenous people of the United States or of any other country are surrounded by Ruling Powers. We are the invisible, but essential nation of cinema. We are the cinema. (Jonas Mekas)