Combat Obscura + Practice
Location: Redstone Theater
Introduced by David Schwartz. With Miles Lagoze and Iyabo Kwayana in person.
Dir. Miles Lagoze. United States. 2018, 67 mins. DCP courtesy Oscilloscope. Miles Lagoze was a Marine combat cameraman who filmed in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012, gathering footage for the Pentagon. Compiling his footage, and footage shot by fellow Marines, Lagoze has made an astonishingly candid film that captures the banality, humor, confusion, and violence of war in an unprecedented manner. The film is unflinching, but also non-judgemental, an ambivalent study in restless masculine energy that Kubrick would have envied; imagine Full Metal Jacket as directed by Private Joker. New York premiere.
Preceded by Practice (Dir. Iyabo Kwayana. China/United States. 2017, 10 mins. In Mandarin with English subtitles.) How does an individual become a part of a larger group of human beings and learn to move in unison? Filmed near a Shaolin temple in Henan, China, Practice captures and amplifies mesmerizing visual choreography where hundreds of people dance like one. New York premiere.
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